Decathletes wield blueprints for solar competition

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Decathletes wield blueprints for solar competition

August 01, 2012

By Allison Engel
 
While the world’s Olympic decathletes sweat and strain in London this summer, a different group of decathletes at USC will be expending brainpower on a goal no less daunting.
 
USC School of Architecture students are spearheading a campus-wide effort to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2013 Solar Decathlon — a project that involves building an innovative, energy-efficient home not once, not twice, but three times.
 
Based on the technical proposal and concept design, USC was one of 20 U.S. and four international university-based teams awarded $100,000 earlier this year to start their participation in the biennial competition. The DOE noted that the competition was fierce, with twice as many proposals reviewed as could be accepted. 
 
The event, which has taken place in Washington, D.C., since 2002, will be held next year at the Great Park in Orange County, Calif. The site, the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, is being turned into sustainable parkland by the city of Irvine. The Solar Decathlon’s village of houses will be built on a paved former runway and will be open for the public to tour on two weekends in October 2013.
 
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