Solar House Competition

Solar House Competition

USF is teaming with three other Florida schools to design and build an energy-efficient home that will compete in this fall’s prestigious Solar Decathlon. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you on a virtual tour of the home and tells you how this might just be the Florida home of tomorrow.

Solar House Competition

It’s not a normal task you’d think college students would take on, but a group of USF Bulls are joining their counterparts at three other state schools in building a house—and not just any old house, but an energy-efficient solar-powered home that will go up against 19 other homes from around the globe in a competition in Washington, D.C., this fall. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 has more, including how you can lend the students a hand.

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A virtual tour of Team Florida’s FLeX House, which will be built to compete against 19 other solar-powered homes from around the world at this fall’s Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. (video courtesy Team Florida / USF School of Architecture & Community Design)

Stanley Russell, Assistant Professor in USF’s School of Architecture & Community Design, talks about the judging of the Solar Decathlon, how much FLeX House will cost (the homes will be judged on their cost to prospective buyers) and how you can help them raise that amount.

More Information: 

Team Florida’s FLeX House website
Information on sponsoring/donating to FLeX House
Stanley Russell, Architect/Project Manager
Mario Rodriguez, Lead Student Architect
Rebecca Hagen, Public Relations/Media Relations
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon website

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Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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