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Markey Cheers on Boston Solar Decathlon Team from Tufts University and BAC on National Mall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Touring a solar powered home outfitted for New England winters, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Malden) praised students from Tuft’s University and Boston Architectural College who are competing in the Solar Decathlon competition taking place on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The Solar Decathlon, a competition sponsored by the Department of Energy, brings together twenty teams of students from around the world who design, engineer and construct solar powered, energy saving homes on the National Mall.

Bringing the Boston area students a familiar treat –a box of Dunkin Donuts – Markey stopped in between votes to praise the creativity, originality and cost saving practicality of the solar home.

“I am proud to see Tufts and Team Boston representing Massachusetts here on the National Mall,” said Markey. “These students are not just building a home for a competition; they are building the foundation for a clean energy economy – where families can harness the power of solar and efficiency measures to save energy, save money and help save our planet at the same time.”

Congressman Markey is the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. He co-authored the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act which includes green building provisions, renewable electricity and efficiency measures that were on display during the Solar Decathlon competition.

“Much like this competition, the United States is currently in a race with China, Spain and other nations for clean energy jobs and technology. The students on the Mall this week represent the best and the brightest, reminding Congress that renewable technology is ready today. We just have to unleash it.” Markey said.

About the Solar Decathlon:

The Solar Decathlon is a competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and features twenty teams of college and university students who compete to design, build, and operate an energy-efficient solar-powered house. The houses are judged in ten separate contests including architecture, engineering, lighting design, and net metering. An overall winner will be announced on Friday, October 16. The solar houses are open for public viewing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

About Team Boston:

Tufts University and Boston Architectural College students joined forces to form Team Boston. Together the architecture, engineering, and design students built Curio House. Among a host of innovative energy efficiency elements, the house features several unique technologies. A monitoring system on a home computer allows homeowners to track energy use in real time, which enables them to make adjustments to reduce energy bills and environmental impact. The design also incorporates “heat glass”- a new type of glass that traps energy from the sun during the winter- a feature especially suited to cold winters in New England.

Video from the event

Photos from Team Boston

EJM in Boston House

Chairman Markey inside Team Boston's solar house

EJM looks at Pizza

Chairman Markey brings a box of Dunkin Donuts to Team Boston

EJM in Boston House

Chairman Markey listening to a member from Team Boston

Team Boston House

"Team Boston" Solar Decathlon house on the National Mall

Select Committee talks to Team Boston

The Boston team members chat with visitors on the National Mall

Tufts House in front of Washington Monument

Looking out at the "Team Boston" solar house and Washington Monument

Photos from the Decathlon

U of Minnesota House

University of Minnesota's Solar Decathlon House

U of Milwaukee

Team California's House in front of the Capitol Building

Decathlon Houses

View of the Capitol with Solar Houses in Foreground

Cornell University

Cornell University's Solar House

U of Virginia

Virginia Tech's Solar Decathlon House

Rice University

Rice University's Solar Decathlon House



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