Monday Minute, October 12, 2009

Dear Colleagues:

The Solar Decathlon team needs your vote! As of 3 p.m. today, ICON House, the University of Minnesota entry, is in seventh place. Judging in the 10 categories occurs through the week, with the winner announced on Friday.

One of the competitions is the "People's Choice Award," in which the house with the greatest number of votes from the public wins. To see short videos of our house and the other competitors, login to the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon Web site.

To vote for our house, send a text message by October 14, 2009 to 99503 with the number, HOUSE83, as the message. It takes a few seconds and it would mean a great deal to our students, faculty, and staff who have worked so hard to make this happen.

Our students report getting thousands of comments a day about the warmth and livability of ICON House, as well as the facade, craftsmanship, materials, and student-made furniture. The students reported 2,700 visitors yesterday (Sunday)!

To keep up on the Solar Decathlon competition, the US Department of Energy is publishing a frequently updated leaderboard of Solar Decathlon entrants' scores on its home page. Individual scores for each entrant school are also available. Go Gophers!