Purdue University Team Takes 2nd Place at 2011 Solar Decathlon

A few weeks ago, we wrote about Purdue University’s participation in the 2011 Solar Decathlon that was taking place in Washington D.C. Now that the competition is over, we want to congratulate the Purdue team for their 2nd place finish with their entry, the INHome. The team finished less than 20 points (out of 1,000) behind the winners, the University of Maryland.

Purdue University students Jordan Wallpe, front left, and McKenna Regan, front center, react with their teammates to the news of placing second overall in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 at West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

The United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a high profile international competition where 20 collegiate teams design, build, and operate solar powered houses. The goal of the Solar Decathlon is to educate college students and the general public about sustainable communities. The decathlon consisted of ten portions:

  • Architecture
  • Market appeal
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Affordability
  • Comfort zone
  • Hot water
  • Appliances
  • Home entertainment
  • Energy balance

Purdue’s accomplishment is even more impressive after a slow start, a last place tie in the first category, Architecture, 20 points behind the leader. Their consistently better performance in the other nine categories is what carried them to their 2nd place finish, including a tie for 1st in Energy Balance, 2nd in both Affordability and Comfort Zone, and a 3rd place finish in Hot Water.

The team is back home now, and their entry is being rebuilt for a family to use in the Chatham Square subdivision in Lafayette. Once construction is complete, the home will be open for tours before its first owners move in. The home will continue to be used for research as well. Check Purdue’s INHome website for more information as it becomes available.

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