April 17, 2013

Norwich University and Middlebury College in 2013 Solar Decathlon

Friendly Competition: Middlebury in green and Norwich in black, in Irvine CA.

We are proud to be supporting two US Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon entrants in this year’s contest:  Norwich University’s Delta-T-90 house and Middlebury College’s InSite house – both of Vermont.  The faculty advisor for Norwich is architect Matthew Lutz (far right), and for Middlebury are architects Ashar Nelson (far left) and Andrea Kerz-Murray (not in pic), of Vermont Integrated Architecture.  At right the two teams take part in the Design Development Conference at the competition site in Southern California.

Norwich Delta-T-90 on site at the university

The Norwich Delta-T-90 house is a modular construction that incorporates our Pro Clima SOLITEX Mento 1000 WRB over Roxul mineral wool, Lunos e2 decentralized ventilation and a Fakro triple-pane skylight.  The plywood sheathing and membranes were taped with TESCON Vana tape.  The modules were fabricated, with the help of students, by Huntington Homes in East Montpelier Vermont.

Middlebury InSite being fabricated on campus

The Middlebury InSite house is panelized construction utilizing our Pro Clima INTELLO vapor intelligent airtight membrane in conjunction with dense-pack cellulose from National Fiber – and was, again with the help of students, fabricated by Northern Timbers Construction of Ripton Vermont.

Both teams seem well positioned to complete their work and compete.   We look forward to seeing both these great houses do very well this October.    Good luck Middlebury and Norwich!



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