Solar house team hard at work over the summer!

This summer the Solar House team was fortunate to be able to have six team members sponsored to stay in Rolla during the summer.  These students were able to work on solar house without the distraction of classes and other things during the school year. So far these students have been able to work on drawings, specifications, public relations things, and travel to visit some of our sponsors.   So far they have been able to do a lot of work that we would not have been able to do without them.  This has allowed the team to stay on schedule and make sure everything gets taken care of.

Missouri S&T to build house for 2013 Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Thursday it has selected 20 universities to participate in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, a competition involving the building of solar houses. Missouri University of Science and Technology was one of the universities chosen.

Missouri S&T has built four solar houses for previous competitions, which were all held in Washington, D.C. In 2013, the Solar Decathlon will be hosted by the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. No dates were announced, but the competitions are usually held every two years in the fall.

The Missouri S&T Solar House Team is finishing its designs and will begin building their 1,000-square-foot house on campus property this summer. “We are trying to focus on engineering, energy efficiencies and adaptable living – with moveable parts, including a grid wall, adjustable solar panels and transforming furniture,” says Eric Mullis, a sophomore in computer engineering from St. Louis.

All of the teams must ship their houses (and, of course, solar panels) to the contest site, where they are then reassembled. The houses are evaluated by judges in 10 categories.

The DOE typically gives grants to the teams selected to cover a chunk of the costs associated with building a solar house and participating in the competitions.

The four solar homes S&T has built in the past are now located in S&T’s Solar Village.

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Tours Continue / Rubbing Elbows with the Big Wigs

Public tours continued today, and everything seems to be going well.  The Universal Design component of the house continues to be noticed.

Universal Design has been appreciated by most visitors.
In addition to working hard, the team got the opportunity to interact with former school Alumni.  Several area alumni attended for VIP tours and a nice dinner afterward.  Some even flew in town to join.

S&T Alums tour the 2009 house

Even the Chancellor came out to show his support for the project and give an update on the status of S&T.

Even the Chancellor made it out...

Oh, and there’s a people’s choice award with text message voting up and running.  To vote for us, text House32 to 99503.  A listing of the other teams and their house numbers can be found on the Solar Decathlon website (