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Solar Decathlon Kick-Off Event Shines

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

      
                                               The Solar Decathlon Team is
                                               Ready for the Competition!

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Environmental Ethics Fellows Melissa Giorgi (top) and Allie Sibole

The Solar Decathlon "Send Off" event held on Monday, August 19, was a great success, as Santa Clara University students involved in the construction of "Radiant House" gave tours of their nearly completed net-zero home, to staff, colleagues, press, and fellow students. The project, part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy's national Solar Decathlon Competition, has become one of the hallmark's of Santa Clara University's sustainability programs, and participation in recent years has produced impressive results, including placements in the top winner's group. Unique features of this year's home include innovative uses of bamboo, and the first-time use of Sunplanter, which eliminates separate solar racking and roof structure systems by combining them into one innovative technology. In two weeks, the home will be broken down into three sections and transported to The Great Park in Irvine, Orange County, CA, for the final competition.

Two Markkula Center Environmental Ethics Fellows, Allie Sibole and Melissa Giorgi, played important roles in the evolution of the Solar Decathlon project this year. Sibole wrote a report, "Material Evaluation Sheets: Ethical Considerations for Selecting Building Materials," which explores the ethical implications of various building materials. In "The Sun and the City: Making Solar Power More Accessible," Melissa Giorgi explores making solar installations more affordable for low-income populations.

New! SCU would love for Bill Nye to come check out Radiant House, and created a clever video explaining the reasons why...go team!