BELLEVUE WA -- The NextGen Home Experience® (NGHE) notified Stanford University and the U.S. DOE representatives that NGHE is objecting to the Stanford University's entry in the 2013 U.S. DOE's Solar Decathlon competition. This prestigious international competition involves 20 universities and will be held in Irvine CA, October 3rd - 13th.
"We have tried to work this out quietly, in a low key way, with representatives of both the U.S. DOE and Stanford University but to no avail," said Paul Barnett, President of the NextGen Home Experience. "We believe Stanford's entry is very close to our "CoreWall" and "iModule" designs for home construction available on the market today http://www.nextgenhome.com/homes/Companion.aspx."
In 2005, Mike Rosen AIA, LEED AP ND, www.martinaia.com the inventor of the CoreWall for residential construction, presented his innovative design for the CoreWall to NGHE as the "engine" for new home construction. NGHE entered into a licensing agreement for the CoreWall design and later presented it in a demonstration home onsite at the 2005 International Builders' Show.
"We believe any reasonable person would see the similarities between our designs and the Stanford University's entry. This is not a middle school science project. Participating on the Stanford team are PhD candidates and this begs the question, where is the originality here," added Barnett.
Stanford University's first response was that this was a student led initiative. Entered in the competition as Stanford University and with a Stanford website solardecathlon.stanford.edu we believe it's an official Stanford entry.
We invite the media to look at two articles both titled "Plug and Play" and written by the same author, with one published in 2005 covering the NextGen Home www.builderonline.com/electrical/plug-and-play_1.aspx and one published in 2013 about the Stanford entry http://www.greenbuildermag.com/news/green-building/plug-and-play-concept-house#.Ui5NGODEqwE.
It's our understanding that the Stanford team will have a version of the home on display on campus for an indefinite length of time and have discussed taking the design forward in a commercial venture. "Our opinion is that we have had the design since 2005. We plan to have a NextGen "iModule" onsite at the 2014 International Builders' Show and we have been marketing the design commercially for years."
In our opinion, we believe that it would be surprising if at least someone related to the Stanford team not to be aware of our NextGen designs as they proceeded with their entry.
We are disappointed that a university with a reputation for such a high quality of education and inventiveness has chosen to ignore the reality here in our opinion. The NGHE is currently evaluating all of its legal options at this time, prior to the opening of the onsite competition.
We have much more in the way of documentation to share with accredited media.
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