The Virginia Tech Solar Decathlon house, designed and constructed by students and faculty in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering, was featured in the Roanoke Times’ New River Valley Current on Sat., Sept. 3, 2005.
On Sept. 2nd, the house was moved from its on-campus construction site to the parking lot of the Lowe’s store in Christiansburg for final outfitting. On September 29th, the VT solar house was moved again, this time to the national mall in Washington, DC to compete against 17 other universities in the Solar Decathlon competition, Sept. 29th-Oct. 16th. The Virginia Tech team won the categories, “Architecture” and “Dwelling,” and the sub-categories, “Daylighting” and “Electric Lighting,” and placed fourth overall. The Virginia Tech team also won the AIA President’s Award. A dinner in “D2” (in Dietrick Hall) on Nov. 29th celebrated the team’s accomplishments.