Archinect - News 2017-08-22T21:01:59-04:00 Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy Nicholas Korody 2016-12-15T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:08:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>President-elect Donald Trump has added another name to his cabinet: former Texas Governor Rick Perry will head the U.S. Department of Energy. The announcement has drawn mixed responses. The oil and gas industry, on the one hand, welcomed the fossil fuel industry-friendly climate change skeptic, and immediately requested that he support increases in natural gas exports. On the other hand, environmentalists and others concerned with accelerating global warming found the choice worrisome, to say the least. A few years ago, Perry proposed abolishing the department altogether, although he also forgot its name once during a debate in a notorious gaffe.</p><p></p><p>The nomination is the latest addition of an oil industry-friendly climate change skeptic to the cabinet, following the selection of Exxon Mobil Corp&rsquo;s CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a major opponent of climate change mitigation efforts, as head of the EPA.</p><p>Besides managing energy-related re...</p> Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:04:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T12:06:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thirty-five partners have achieved their Challenge energy or water savings goals, all ahead of schedule...These partners accomplished their energy, water and financing goals through a combination of innovative solutions and proven strategies, which are openly exchanged through the Better Buildings Solution Center website.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest data from U.S. DOE Better Buildings program shows that partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. A new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it&rsquo;s important.</p> Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon Alexander Walter 2016-03-15T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:49:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dr. Orr revealed that Denver won the bid to host this biennial event, in which student teams compete to design, build, and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered houses. [...] The competition is planned to be staged near a new development close to Denver International Airport. The area around the 61st and Pe&ntilde;a Commuter Rail Station is positioned to become a national model for sustainable, transit-oriented, greenfield development [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect coverage of previous Solar Decathlons:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency</a></li></ul> Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015 Justine Testado 2015-10-18T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:11:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun beat down onto the asphalt grounds of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, where a village of 14 solar-powered houses popped up for the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>. Multi-disciplinary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">teams of college students</a> worldwide dedicate two years to designing and planning their institution&rsquo;s house, then spend just nine days assembling them from scratch in Irvine.&nbsp;Then, the competition begins.</p><p>Teams are tasked with constructing the house that best blends affordability and consumer appeal, and demonstrates optimal energy production and efficiency. The houses are evaluated in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 contests</a>&nbsp;based on merits of performance and livability. The team who scores the most out of a maximum 1,000 points is crowned the overall winner. Held biennially, the Decathlon attracts ambitious students who want to push the boundaries of the future of sustainable technology and housing, while honing their technical skills and toughening their skin for their forthcoming careers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>"S...</em></p> Twenty teams listed for DOE Solar Decathlon 2015 at OC Great Park Justine Testado 2014-02-13T15:08:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T00:31:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Department of Energy revealed the 20 collegiate teams that will participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon, which will take place at the OC Great Park in Irvine, CA once again.</p><p>Collegiate teams are given two years to build solar-powered, energy-efficient houses that are also affordable and show innovative design. The Department of Energy judges each team's project in 10 categories.</p><p>Twelve new teams and eight returners are listed to compete for 2015:</p><ul><li>California Polytechnic State University</li><li>California State University, Sacramento</li><li>Clemson University</li><li>Crowder College and Drury University</li><li>Lansing Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University</li><li>Missouri University of Science and Technology</li><li>New York City College of Technology</li><li>Oregon Institute of Technology and Portland State University</li><li>Stanford University</li><li>State University of New York at Alfred College of Technology and Alfred University</li><li>Stevens Institute of Technology</li><li>University of Florida, National University of Singa...</li></ul> Solar Decathlon 2013 is coming to Irvine, California this October! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-25T21:15:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:31:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Students from around the world will bring their designs for solar-powered houses to Irvine, California this October, as part of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. First held in 2002, the Solar Decathlon is a biannual student competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.&nbsp;The Decathlon will take place at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Great Park</a>, with model houses erected for public tours October 3-6 and 10-13, from 11am - 7pm daily.</p> <p> Take a look at the competing entries via the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dept. of Energy's flickr stream</a>, as well as photos from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">XPO</a>, the "clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition" that will host the competition.&nbsp;Competitors will be representing the following schools, listed as teams:</p> <ul><li> Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico (U.S.)</li> <li> Czech Technical University (Czech Republic)</li> <li> University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky (U.S.)</li> <li> Middlebury College&nbsp;(U.S.)</li> <li> Missouri University of Science and Technology&nbsp;(U.S.)</li> <li> Norwich Universit...</li></ul>