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Home Entertainment

(100 points)

The Home Entertainment contest is designed to demonstrate that houses powered solely by the sun can deliver more than just basic household functionality. They can also provide a comfortable setting with power for the electronics, appliances, and modern conveniences that we love.

New to the Solar Decathlon in 2009, the Home Entertainment contest gauges whether the house has what it takes to be a home. Can it accommodate the pleasures of living, such as sharing meals with friends and family, watching television, or surfing the Web? The contest includes:

  • Holding two dinner parties for neighbors. Guests award the host team points based on the quality of the meal, ambiance, and overall experience.

  • Sufficiently illuminating work areas and keeping all interior and exterior house lights on during specified periods of time.

  • Operating a TV, computer, and other devices during specified periods.

  • Hosting a movie night for neighbors, who rate their hosts based on the quality of the home theater system, as well as design, ambiance, and overall experience.

  • Simulating cooking by using a kitchen appliance to boil and vaporize 5 pounds (80 oz or 2.268 kg) of water within a specified period of time over several days.

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