The 2011 Solar Decathlon is improved by the addition of affordability to the contests. There is an improved relevance from this addition to the technologies and design, though there were still new advances in both. Heat pump water heaters, phase change materials, vacuum insulation, and liquid desiccant dehumidifiers were some or the stand outs. Tablet computers for controls and energy use displays, wireless and gesture driven light switches were some cheap frills.
( App State is no. 1 in People's Choice Awards. You can vote through 9/30 @ http://www.solardecathlon.gov/poll/pca/pca_register.php )Read the full article
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