Posted by: viscenter | October 6, 2009

Vis Center Media Intern Documenting Solar House in Washington, D.C.

Construction begins on the mall in Washington D.C.

Construction begins on the mall in Washington D.C.

The University of Kentucky is one of twenty universities worldwide invited to participate in Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Faculty and students from UK are now assembling their solar house on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The entire trip is being documented by a Vis Center Media for Research intern who is traveling with the group which is comprised of faculty, staff and students from the Colleges of Agriculture, Design and Engineering. Don Colliver, Professor of Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering, has been the principal investigator on the project with assistance from a number of engineering faculty and staff. Dozens of corporations and individuals provided contributions including a lead gift of $250,000 provided by E.ON U.S.

Once the competition is completed, the house will be transported back to the Kentucky Horse Park, where it will serve as the visitor’s center for the City of Lexington at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Eventually, the house will probably be located on the UK campus where it will continue to serve as a research facility and other as yet undetermined purposes.

Rending of the solar house completed.

Rending of the solar house completed.

The Vis Center Media Department will complete a half hour documentary which will chronicle the development and construction of the solar house in addition to videos being posted during the three week event.

Click here to watch videos following the team in Washington D.C. as they build the solar house.

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