ICON house takes fifth place overall in Solar Decathlon

The University of Minnesota's entry in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, ICON house, took fifth place overall in the competition. The German team took first place, followed by Illinois, California, and the Canadian team. ICON house was judged to be the top entry in the lighting design and engineering categories and third in appliances and home entertainment. Sharon Schmickle, writing for MinnPost.com, quotes lighting juror Ron Jurtz praising ICON house's lighting design. "'The array of LED lighting in the home and its control system is intuitive and easy to operate,' lighting juror Ron Kurtz said about the U of M's home. 'The team's use of adjustable shading panels provides excellent natural day lighting, with no difference in sunlight entry into the home, from summer to winter.'"