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Sept. 14: Carnegie Mellon, DOE's Richard King and Sponsors To Send Off Pittsburgh's Solar Decathlon Team


Eric Sloss                        

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon, DOE's Richard King and Sponsors
To Send Off Pittsburgh's Solar Decathlon Team

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University officials, local and state legislators, and sponsors will join Richard King, head of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition, for the Pittsburgh 2007 Solar Decathlon team's open house. Media are invited to the briefing and tour of the Carnegie Mellon Solar Decathlon house before the team leaves for the competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Solar Decathlon is a Department of Energy-sponsored international competition that challenges collegiate teams to design and build a solar-powered house. From Oct. 12 to 20, 20 teams will set up their entries in Washington, D.C., where they will compete in a weeklong competition.

Carnegie Mellon's team is made up of students from the schools of architecture, art, design and drama in the College of Fine Arts, as well as students from the College of Engineering and the Tepper School of Business. The team also includes students and faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Architecture students planned the building while art, design and drama students fused functionality with aesthetics on the interior and exterior. The team's home consists of a central structure to which separate "pods" are attached. The pods are a detachable kitchen, bedroom and living room. This plug-and-play system, which provides great flexibility, allows the homeowners to rearrange, remove and add upgraded pods. The home also includes a deck space, a collaborative effort between Carnegie Mellon and a team from Germany's Technische Universität Darmstadt.

For more information on the Carnegie Mellon Solar Decathlon house, visit For more information about the national event, visit

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20.
            5 p.m.        Welcome by Stephen Lee, head of Pittsburgh's Solar Decathlon team
            5:15 p.m.   Remarks by City of Pittsburgh Councilman, Bill Peduto, member of the Mayor's Green Task Force
            5:25 p.m.   Remarks from Richard King, director of the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon event
            5:35 p.m.   Tours of the Solar Decathlon house
            6 p.m.        Food and beverages will be provided, co-sponsored by American Institute of Architecture Students
                             (Pittsburgh Chapter)

WHERE: Construction Junction, 412 N. Lexington Street, Point Breeze.