The UNC Charlotte Solar Decathlon 2013 team will celebrate the completion of its competition house, “UrbanEden,” on Friday, August 23, with a media preview at 3:30 pm, followed by a commissioning ceremony at 5:30 pm. The events will take place at UrbanEden’s construction site at the University’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC). For directions and parking information: http://epic.uncc.edu/directions
UNC Charlotte is one of 20 academic teams chosen to participate in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. Established in 2002, the Solar Decathlon has grown into one of the most highly anticipated design competitions in the world, hosting more than 300,000 visitors in 2011.
In a series of 10 contests, the Solar Decathlon challenges academic teams from around the world to build completely solar-powered houses that feature energy-efficient construction and appliances and renewable energy systems. The competition will be held in Irvine, California, October 3-13. The UNC Charlotte team will dismantle UrbanEden in early September and transport it to California, where it will be rebuilt in a 10-day period.