2011 Solar Decathlon

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We had to balance out efficiency with cost. It was important to us to make decisions that homeowners must make every day.

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The HVAC system each team selects has a huge impact on their home’s performance, so it’s not surprising that a quarter of the teams incorporated Mitsubishi Electric ductless. The selected systems offered steady temperatures, dehumidification and minute temperature adjustments – all with a sleek, modern look. The teams using Mitsubishi Electric products took home a total of nine top honors, including Most Affordable, People’s Choice and the top prize as overall competition winner. Download the PDF below to read more. You’ll hear from five schools’ team members and see photos of the homes and equipment.

University of Maryland – 2011 Solar Decathlon Winner

Project Name: Solar Decathlon

Project Location: Washington, D.C.

Team Name: University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Completion Date: October 2011

House Name: WaterShed

Mitsubishi Electric Equipment Installed

  • (2) MSZ-FE09NA Indoor Units
  • (1) MXZ-2B02NA Outdoor Unit

Awards Won

  • 1st Place: Architecture
  • 1st Place (tied): Energy Balance
  • 1st Place (tied): Hot Water
  • 2nd Place: Appliances
  • 2nd Place: Market Appeal
  • 3rd Place: Comfort Zone
  • 3rd Place: Communications
  • 3rd Place (tied): Home Entertainment

 

Appalachian State University

Project Name: Solar Decathlon

Project Location: Washington, D.C.

Completion Date: October 2011

Team Name: Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.

House Name: The Solar Homestead

Mitsubishi Electric Equipment Installed

  • (2) SEZ-KD09NA Indoor Units
  • (1) MXZ-2B02NA Outdoor Unit

Awards Won

  • 1st Place: People’s Choice
  • 1st Place (tied): Hot Water
  • 2nd Place: Communications
  • 3rd Place: Architecture
  • 3rd Place (tied): Home Entertainment

  

Parsons New School & Stevens Institute of Technology

Project Name: Solar Decathlon

Project Location: Washington, D.C.

Completion Date: October 2011

Team Name: Parsons New School & Stevens Institute: Parsons New School of Design, New York; Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.

House Name: Empowerhouse

Mitsubishi Electric Equipment Installed

  • (1) SEZ-KD12NA Indoor Unit
  • (1) SUZ-KA12 NA Outdoor Unit

Awards Won

  • 1st Place (tied): Affordability
  • 1st Place (tied): Hot Water

 

SCI-Arc/Caltech

Project Name: Solar Decathlon

Project Location: Washington, D.C.

Completion Date: October 2011

Team Name: SCI-Arc/Caltech: Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

House Name: CHIP

Mitsubishi Electric Equipment Installed

  • (2) MSZ-FE09NA Indoor Units
  • (1) MXZ-2B20NA Outdoor Unit

Awards Won

  • 1st Place (tied): Hot Water
  • 1st Place (tied): Energy Balance
  • 2nd Place: Engineering
  • 2nd Place: Home Entertainment
  • 3rd Place: Affordability

 

Tidewater Virginia

Project Name: Solar Decathlon

Project Location: Washington, D.C.

Completion Date: October 2011

Team Name: Tidewater Virginia: Old DominionUniversity, Norfolk, Va;Hampton University, Hampton, Va.

House Name: Unit 6 Unplugged

Mitsubishi Electric Equipment Installed

  • (1) SEZ-KD12NA Indoor Unit
  • (1) SEZ-KD09NA Indoor Unit
  • (1) MXZ-2B20NA Outdoor Unit
  • (2) PAR-21MAA Remote Controllers

 

Product Category
Ductless Systems
Application
Home Residence
Completion Date
October, 2011
Location
District Of Columbia
Case Study Type
For Professionals
Text Box Type
aesthetics
energy recovery systems/lossnay
energy savings/rebates/efficiency
footprint
leed®/green
new construction
passive house
simultaneous cooing & heating
sound
zoning

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