Next week, teams from 18 universities across the country will take the solar houses they have built on their individual campuses and transport them to Washington, D.C. to compete in...

Next week, teams from 18 universities across the country will take the solar houses they have built on their individual campuses and transport them to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Solar Decathlon.  According to the site: "students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house." A Solar Village to display and judge these houses will be set up in the National Mall beginning on October 7.

The Decathlon is well named, as there are 10 contests on which each team will be judged. They include: Architecture, Dwelling, Documentation, Communications, Comfort Zone, Appliances, Hot Water, Lighting, Energy Balance, Getting Around.

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