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Three 2011 Solar Decathlon projects include Kolbe’s windows

Post Time:Sep 30,2011Classify:Company NewsView:288

Enhancing efficient use of renewable energy, three of the 20 entries in the 2011 Solar Decathlon feature triple pane windows from Kolbe: Appalachian State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Purdue University and UIUC also were among the five teams that presented their competition concepts at the 2011 International Builders’ Show.

Helping homeowners lower their heating bills by effectively and efficiently keeping the warm air inside, Kolbe’s triple pane glass windows come standard with insulating glass and LoE coatings designed to achieve low U-factors. Kolbe’s Windquest® EP vinyl windows and Ultra EP aluminum clad wood windows can achieve U-factors as low as 0.19 (approximately 1.00 in metric), as exemplified in the 2011 Solar Decathlon entries.

On Thurs., Sept. 29, 11 a.m., “Solar 101: Uncovering Opportunities of Advanced Building Envelopes” a consumer workshop delves into the technology behind windows, roofs, walls and building-integrated photovoltaic cells and the opportunities for homeowners to incorporate the latest technologies in their homes. This workshop and many other events are free and open to the public, held at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.

The Solar Decathlon challenges 20 universities and more than 15,000 students from around the world to design and build solar powered homes. Each school’s team transports its entry to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where it is constructed, operated and visited from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2. Open to the public, the event attracts more than 100,000 visitors as well as national media attention.

Entries are judged on performance in 10 categories: architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, affordability, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and energy balance. New this year, an affordability contest rewards teams that build houses with estimated costs at or below $250,000. The Affordability Contest’s winner will be decided Wed., Sept. 27. The Engineering Contest will be held Thurs., Sept. 29 and the Communications Contest will be announced Fri., Sept. 30.

The 2011 Solar Decathlon’s overall winner is the team that earns the most points in all categories and contests, demonstrating the best blend of affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Beyond the competition, the ultimate objective is to increase education and awareness of cost-saving opportunities presented by clean-energy products.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in partnership with its National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

For more information on the competition, please visit the Department of Energy at:

  • http://www.solardecathlon.gov
  • http://www.facebook.com/DOESolarDecathlon/
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/DOESolarDecathlon/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/solar_decathlon/

North Carolina’s Appalachian State University designed the Solar Homestead (#205) to embody “independence and ingenuity -- qualities reflected in the heritage of traditional homesteads. The Solar Homestead fuses these values into an innovative, ultra-efficient house that is adaptable, self-sufficient, affordable, and attractive. The concept of the ‘modern homestead’ is manifested throughout the house.”

Contributing to this vision, Kolbe provide its Ultra EP casements, picture windows and doors with triple pane glass. A clear anodize, no-VOC, environmentally friendly finish protects the products’ exterior cladding, which includes recycled aluminum. Kolbe offers a range of sustainably harvested wood species for the interior trim, such as those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Offering additional performance and peace-of-mind to homeowners in coastal areas like North Carolina, stainless steel hinges on the Ultra EP products contribute to attaining Design Pressure (DP) ratings as high as DP80 for casements.

After competing in Solar Decathlon 2011, the Solar Homestead will travel throughout North Carolina to promote renewable energy education. The team will teach visitors the value of sustainable technology and environmental preservation. When the tour concludes, the house will return to Appalachian State University to serve as an educational tool for future Mountaineers.

For more information on Appalachian State University’s Solar Homestead, please visit:

  • http://www.thesolarhomestead.com/
  • http://www.facebook.com/SolarHomestead
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSolarHomestead
  • ftp://eeftp.ee.doe.gov/video/2011_footage/205_appalachian_state.mov
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesolarhomestead/


Source: kolbeAuthor: shangyi

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