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The Grand Finale

October 20, 2013

The competition is officially over and the team is now back in Vermont. Our month is California was a whirlwind of construction, tours, jury walkthroughs, contests, and disassembly. The team placed 12th overall and received an amazing award in honor of longtime operations manager for Solar Decathlon, Byron Stafford. We were selected as the team that best exemplifies Byron’s spirit and qualities.

As the competition came to a close, our team realized the success of our small Norwich community and the impact we had on the Solar Decathlon competition. We are proud that we created an affordable and accessible, high performance home in line with our long term mission. We would like to extend a final thank you to all of those who visited the competition for your support, as well as our family, friends, and industry partners who made this project possible. We hope we made you proud!

The Delta T-90 House is now on its way to Springfield, OH where it will become the Experiential Design Lab at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. For more information visit SolaratWestcott.org.

Image of the Delta T-90 House ready to leave CA. Image of the team doing final site clean up at the Great Park. Image of the Delta T-90 House ready to leave CA. Image of the Delta T-90 House on the way to Springfield, OH.

A Huge Honor

October 20, 2013

Norwich receives special award at the conclusion of Solar Decathlon

Norwich’s Delta T90 team got a surprise at the final reception of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. The team was given a special award in honor of Byron Stafford, longtime operations manager for this international competition, who died in May 2013.

“I don’t think anyone at the competition even knew they were recognizing a team for having the same attributes as Byron Stafford,” said Kimberly Lynch, an architecture student from Long Island, N.Y.

Melissa King, wife of Solar Decathlon founder and director Richard King, made the presentation late in the final competition celebration, held after the contests had concluded on the second-to-last day of the 10-day event. She said the award is meant for the team that best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Stafford, who has been closely involved with the competition since its conception in the late 1990s. King described him as honest, caring, humble, intelligent, fair, reliable, steadfast and genuine.

Aron Temkin, dean of Norwich’s College of Professional Schools, said it was wonderful to be recognized for the students’ hard work and qualities they brought to the event, particularly because it is a brand new award.

“It just goes to show they’re competing in a truly Norwich spirit, and we’re extremely proud of them,” he said.

Temkin added it has been great to hear feedback from the thousands of people who visited Delta T90 at the exhibition. Visitors seem to respond to its affordability and the dedication of the students answering their questions, he said.

“They found it to be a welcoming house,” said Temkin.

Carol Anna, the Decathlon’s communications manager, affirmed that the award was a surprise to event staff. She added that Stafford managed the logistics of the Solar Village, and was critical to its operations. He was an honest, hardworking person whose loss has affected everyone involved with the competition, she said.

The Grand Finale

October 13, 2013

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As we end the competition with one final day of public tours, the Delta T-90 Team would like to thank our sponsors, donors, industry partners, family, friends, and university. Without their support, this project never would have been such a success. The students on this team have learned so much about the design build process and showcasing our work in California has been an amazing experience. As deconstruction begins tonight, the team will prepare the house for shipment to Springfield, Ohio. Here the house will become the Experiential Design Lab at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. This team’s legacy will live on through the Delta T-90 House as a representation of what Norwich can achieve.

 

Read All About It

October 13, 2013

Check out this article from Discovery news! http://news.discovery.com/tech/alternative-power-sources/a-first-stunning-solar-homes-that-are-actually-affordable-131012.htm

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Number 1 for Affordability

October 11, 2013

Norwich University has officially won first place for the Affordability Contest of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. The team set a goal before design began to accomplish a high performance home that is affordable to a household earning 20% below median income in Vermont. We accomplished this goal and placed first, proving that solar powered homes […]

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Delta T-90 Electric Cars

October 9, 2013

We had two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs on site with the Delta T-90 House. Norwich University would like to thank Mitsubishi Electric for their support of our team’s mission toward conservation based and sustainable living. Mitsubishi branded the i-MiEVs for the event and we finally got them to site today! For more information visit: http://www.mitsubishicars.com

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The Great Park at Sunset

October 8, 2013
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USA Today

October 8, 2013

Solar Decathlon showcases 19 hi-tech homes of the future http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/07/solar-decathlon–hi-tech-homes/2923331/

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A Busy Day 4 of the Competition

October 6, 2013

We are now on Day 4 of the Solar Decathlon competition and the public is loving the Delta T-90 House here in Irvine! The open floor plan, high ceilings, and quality construction have all influenced our popularity with SD visitors. Not to mention the fantastic job our team is doing representing the ideals of the […]

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