Sun city

Weeks, Jennifer
January 2006
Popular Mechanics;Jan2006, Vol. 183 Issue 1, p68
The article focuses on a competition among college and university teams for making smart solar technology. The competition was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The students spent three years designing houses powered exclusively by solar energy, and this past October transported them to the National Mall in Washington D.C., where the doors were thrown open to the public. With average winter fuel costs projected to be 33 percent higher this year than last, many people were there to glean ideas for tightening up their own homes' building envelopes with triple-glazed windows, structural insulated panels and other energy-efficient features.


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