WASHINGTON, DC -- On August 12 and 13, 2010, the American Institute of Building Design will present the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Finalists: A Special Pacific Northwest Exhibition at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon. This is the only exhibit by the U.S. Department of Energy in the Pacific Northwest to offer a preview of the 20 student-designed solar homes that will compete in the next Solar Decathlon in 2011. AIBD President Dan Sater II will open the exhibit, which will feature models of solar homes, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, August 12, 2010. AIBD is hosting the exhibit at its annual national convention (www.AIBD.org/convention).
The 20 finalist teams of architecture and engineering students are the most diverse yet, representing colleges and universities from five countries on four continents. To secure a spot on the National Mall where the Solar Decathlon is held, each team submitted extensive proposals, including models of their conceptual designs that the exhibit will showcase. These preliminary designs, influenced by a variety of geographic locations and climates, illustrate solar energy's promise worldwide.
Admission is open to the building arts and science community. A full schedule and online registration is available at www.AIBD.org/convention
AIBD (www.aibd.org) is a nationally recognized association of professional residential and building designers. Since 1950, it has served as a valuable resource for design professionals, helping to develop standards and a code of ethics for building designers nationwide. Today, AIBD represents professional and associate members in 46 states and throughout Canada as well as abroad. AIBD chartered societies are active in their respective legislative arenas and help promote public awareness of residential and building design professionals.
About the Solar Decathlon
Ten years ago this spring, the U.S. Department of Energy invited colleges and universities to compete in the inaugural Solar Decathlon (www.solardecathlon.gov ), a competition to design, build, and demonstrate a solar-powered house on the National Mall. Since the first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002, the competition has inspired architecture and engineering students to rethink the role of energy efficiency--especially solar power--in home design while raising public awareness about the topic. The Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to integrate reliable and efficient solar power with excellent design, resourceful engineering, and affordable systems.