Kawneer Sponsors the University of Tennessee’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Project

In support of educating students and the public about the benefits of energy-efficient systems and construction, Kawneer recently signed on as a sponsor of the University of Tennessee’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Team, “Living Light.” As a “White Level” sponsor, we will be donating several products – including storefront, curtain wall, entrances and window components – to the team as they compete in the prestigious Solar Decathlon administered by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

So what is the Solar Decathlon?

The U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon features 20 collegiate teams who have been selected to design and build energy-efficient houses powered exclusively by the sun. The first Decathlon was held in 2002 and has since occurred every other year in 2005, 2007 and 2009. The University of Tennessee’s Living Light team is composed of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, College of Engineering and School of Art. The competition will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. September 23–October 2, 2011. When they present their project in October, the team will have spent nearly two years designing and building the Living Light House.

In addition to product donation, our experts will also assist the team with the installation and glazing of the systems. We have a long history of supporting current and future architects, designers and engineers as they work to find more environmentally responsible and efficient solutions to everyday building challenges. The Solar Decathlon, the DOE and institutions like the University of Tennessee are driving research on such key topics as energy efficiency and solar control. We look forward to a final product that gives us further insight into the next generation of fenestration product design.

For more information about the Solar Decathlon competition visit Solardecathlon.gov. To learn more about the University of Tennessee’s Living Light team visit Livinglightutk.com.