Solar Decathlon featured in Finance and Commerce

Brian Johnson, writing in Finance and Commerce, provides an overview of the Solar Decathlon, a competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy to design and build a solar-powered house on the National Mall.

Experts will judge the houses based on market viability, architecture, engineering, communications, energy balance, and other factors.

Architecture student Shengyin Xu, the team's project manager, tells Johnson that a "core group of students has been working hard on the house plans throughout the school year and summer, putting at least 20 hours a week into the effort." Xu adds that her team is incorporating a lot of technology in their effort, including using highly efficient solar panels that are "embedded in the envelope of the house and in the exterior cladding."