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ASU's first entry into the Solar Decathlon in 2011 was called the Solar Homestead and won the People's Choice Award. Now, another team from ASU is joining a French school for competition in Solar Decathlon 2014 in Europe. Photo courtesy of the Solar Homestead.

Originally published: 2013-02-01 10:51:21
Last modified: 2013-02-01 10:54:15

ASU picked for Solar Decathlon Europe

Appalachian State University is one of only three U.S. universities chosen to participate in the prestigious Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, a competition that challenges student teams to design and build an energy-independent solar house.

Twenty projects were selected for the competition from 44 candidates across 23 countries.

Appalachian is partnering with the University of Angers in Angers, France. The collaboration, dubbed Team Réciprocité, will present their energy plus house design, Maison Reciprocity, in Versailles from June through July 2014.

"The Solar Decathlon event provides a unique opportunity for students, professors and the Appalachian community to work together on a sustainable building design project to be displayed on the world stage in Versailles, France,” said Jamie Russell, assistant professor in Appalachian’s building science program and the team’s faculty director.

Design and construction will take place on Appalachian’s campus in Boone. Throughout the next year and a half, the team will be responsible for meeting specific deadlines related to design, construction, promotion and more.

The Maison Reciprocity is the second Appalachian design to compete in a Solar Decathlon event. The Solar Homestead, the university’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, earned the People’s Choice Award. The design concept is now available for sale through sustainable builder Deltec Homes of Asheville. The Solar Decathlon Europe Team hopes to build upon that success with its entry in the European competition.

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