Built Well Solar Corp. is proud to be a sponsor of New York Institute of Technology’s 2007 Solar Decathlon team. NYIT is one of only 20 college teams chosen from around the globe —and the only school from the New York metropolitan area—to compete in the 2007 Solar Decathlon. In addition to Built Well Solar being one of the major solar sponsors, consultants from the company serve as hands-on, on-site advisors to the students currently working to design, build, and operate a functional home powered entirely by the sun.
The home’s 40-foot by12-foot adjustable living area allows the occupant to freely arrange and manipulate the open space environment and interior furniture elements, while maintaining at its core the essentials for living—kitchen, bathroom, storage, and mechanical and electrical systems.
About the Solar Decathlon The event is sponsored biannually by the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The competition challenges college and university students to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient functional home powered entirely by the sun.
Teams are judged in 10 contests, which include architecture; engineering; market viability; communications; comfort zone; appliances; hot water; lighting; energy balance; and getting around. The teams transported their completed solar homes from their respective campuses to the National Mall in Washington D.C., forming a “solar village" during the week of Oct. 12 - 20, 2007. The solar village was open for public tours. Winners were announced Oct. 19. The NYIT team came in 12th, but it was a great accomplishment all the same. In fact, the NYIT house earned high marks for two main disciplines of study for which the college is known. It came in 6th for architecture and 7th in engineering/
The team’s goal is to inform, educate and raise public awareness about alternative and renewable energy sources, sustainable design and reducing the environmental impact of conventional construction.
Model of the '07 NYIT Solar Decathlon entry, "Open House".
Students and advisors during construction of the 2007 NYIT solar house.