"U.S. Department of Energy asks students to compete"
By Devin Henry, Minnesota Daily, January 30, 2008
Architecture graduate student and president of the University's Solar Decathlon team, Shengyin Xu, is quoted in this article as saying the team is in the research and designing phase of the project, with design plans due in early June.
Jonee Kulman Brigham (Center for Sustainable Building Research) is also quoted about the integrated design of the project: "It's not just a matter of sticking technology on a building. It's a very integrated approach." Kulman Brigham pointed out that the design approach is looking at biomimicry, using nature as a model, and lifecycle analysis which intends to find an actual purpose for the house.