Solar Decathlon ICON house unveiled to the public

The University's Solar Decathlon team has finished its initial assembly of the full-featured, completely solar-powered ICON house and will hold its first public viewing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2009 on the Saint Paul campus on the north side of Buford Place just east of Gortner Avenue.

The house also will be open for public tours from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2009 and Friday, September 18, 2009. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp (1395 Gortner Ave., Saint Paul), follow the signs past Buford Ave. and turn right on Buford Place to reach the site.

"These public tours give the U of M community and the public a chance to see the solar house in completed form before competition," said Ann Johnson, team project manager and faculty member in civil engineering. "We can't wait to show off the results of our many months of hard work and preparation."

Bob Von Sternberg, writing in the Star Tribune, offers an overview of the public preview and the Solar Decathlon competition next month in Washington, DC.