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April 15, 2010

Team Tennessee Living Light has been accepted into the Solar Decathlon!!!! Department of Energy's Announcement! And we have even had the ability to hear from the teams over a confrence call and choose our site on Washington's Mall. And our model is on display...Solar Decathlon 2011. We are also offering a Mini Term Class for Testing and Prototyping.

March 16, 2010

Team Tennessee Living Light submitted towards the second competitive stage of the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011 Schematic Design this week. Along with architecture, interior design, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and graphic design classes, Team Tennessee put their best design foot forward to tackle a full scale building design. Teams selected for the final stages of the Solar Decathlon 2011 competition will be announced in mid-April 2010.

February 24, 2010

Our Friend Patrick Teuffel, from TU Delph and founder of Teuffel Engineering Consulting, has been working with the Solar Decathlon Team and a graduate studio this whole week and just presented on Adaptive Building Technologies.

January 18, 2010

Congratulations Tennessee! After a long awaited answer, Team Tennessee has been accepted into the second phase of qualifying for the Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon. This second phase called the competitive range is new to the competition due to the unanticipated number of applicants. Team Tennessee will begin working on the conceptual design effort with an anticipated due date of mid-March. Further information is coming soon after the final details of the RFP amendment are finalized. Download Flier UTSD11

December 7, 2009

We currently have the UT Zero Prototype 01 functional, but not yet inhabitable. This next semester we will be working on the interiors and testing. We are eagerly awaiting the December 16th Solar Decathlon Teams Announcement. We submitted a proposal for Team Tennessee Living Light and want to thank...Brad Fenwick, Geoff Thun, Scott Rabenold, Jeff Maples, Moonis Ally, Bill Stanley, Robert Porter, Deborah Shmerler , Linnea Minnema, Carmen Trammell, Tierney Bates, ORNL, Office of Research, Development Office, CoAD administrators, Engineering Departments, UTZero Washington DC team, and many others that were enthusiastic to help us submit.

November 30, 2009

A wonderful article about leadership at UT in sustainable programs and design. "Going green: UT directing energy into courses on sustainability" By Larisa Brass

October 15, 2009

We are currently in Washington DC with 53 students in our new utzero shirts.

September 23, 2009

We have recieved money from ORNL to take a trip with 50 students to see the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. on October 15-16. Check out the flier "Free Trip". Also we are Installing the PVs on our Prototype! Keep an eye on our Blog.

September 4, 2009

We have been making our prototype water tight.

July 28, 2009

This semester there are three classes working on projects toward understanding a Solar Decathlon Submission. Two teams to students, one from Electrical Engineering and the other Mechanical, are studing and trying to discover new methods of organization and design in their field. We are desiring to a holistic building science community, contact us to see how you can be involved.

July 22, 2009

Julle Oksanen arrives today with a team of electrical/interior designers. We are excited about the current progress. Today we are waiting out on the rain and organinzing ourselves to the max. If you get a chance in the next few days, drop by and we would love to show you our details. UTZ_Blog.

July 10, 2009

Today we were able to obtain a site on campus near the Humanity Plaza on UT Knoxville Campus. We thank the Care of Grounds for meeting with us this morning. We are going to place the foundation pads only at most four inches below the surface and start assembly soon after we have optained permission from TN One Call.

June 29, 2009

We are starting the last week of planning and editing construction timelines for Summer Construction Course. James Rose and Neil Parrish passed their LEED AP exams this month. The whole team is back together now after two members took a break with family. For a follow up on the Summer Course (hopefully day by day), check out the UTZ_Blog.

May 18, 2009

We have just been informed through the Solar Decathlon site that the 2011 Solar Decathlon Request for Proposals issue date is on or before August 18, 2009. Then the due date for the RFP is on Novemember 17, 2009 and notification date is on December 18, 2009.

May 13, 2009

This past week we have been pulling our efforts together towards ordering all of the pieces for our Summer Construction Class. We are doing our best to consider all of the teams involved. So we have been meeting with friends that we've accumulated among the engineering groups excited about the project developing. Let us know by email if you would like to be involved in the future development of the Solar Decathlon. Every field of study is a good field (note: James Bolton from Journalism & Electronic Media)

May 5, 2009

We finished the main structure to the Test Box. We will now put the building on hold until the summer course begins. Check it out under the Construction Update.

April 12, 2009

Fifteen students from the University of Tennesee the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Journalism & Electronic Media led by Professor Edgar Stach are back from a week long workshop and site visit in Beijing, China. UT students and faculty worked in coordination with students and faculty from Tsinghua and Beijing universities on two urban development projects addressing high-density housing problems. Prof. Stach presented public lectures at Tsinghua University and Beijing University with the title ‘performance architecture’, Performance Based Design is an emerging design paradigm that can influence on how architecture is conceptualized and produced. The lecture explored current and future developments in performance-based design and cover the topic in nature, architecture and engineering. The UT Student team visited traditional and new housing projects in Beijing and Tianjin and worked on developing design schemes for horizontal and vertical hutongs - the archaic and densely packed original housing centers of Beijing. These new designs would be located in central Beijing, adjacent to several historical sites as well as the famous Steven Holl Building.

March 23, 2009

Julle Oksanen, a leader of the Light & Space Academy at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, arrived to see our team and update their progress. He made a presentation of the lighting design solutions that the Finish Lighting Design Studio was able to develop in a week’s time. Now that we have talked as a team, Julle is headed back to advance the analysis and design of the scheme that works best for us. Collaborations are key for us to understand ourselves as critical individuals in a complex team. We are excited about the future work with LSA.

March 2, 2009

On Wednesday, the China Design Studio is headed off to their exciting work over seas! They are being accompanied by James Bolton, our UTZ friend in Journalism and Electronic Media here at UT, to document and record the progress of our ideals within the China Design sector. He is also the moderator of our blog and will be continually streaming news from across the seas daily.

Februrary 25, 2009

Art and Architecture Building Prototype Shop
Instructors: Edgar Stach, James Rose
The UT Zero Energy House is a multidisciplinary project with the goal of creating new sustainable housing prototypes that are capable of producing their own power. The work of the summer session involves the transformation of a single module of a student-designed project into a functioning prototype. Students will gain construction experience working with insulated glazing, cladding systems, sustainable finishes, photovoltaics, and lighting technologies. Knowledge gained from the construction and performance monitoring of this prototype will directly benefit the UT Zero Energy House project as well as a future application to the Department of Energy's 2011 Solar Decathlon Competition later this year. This course is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in the disciplines of architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscape architecture.

Februrary 3, 2009

A collaboration has started and a group of students of the Light & Space Academy, The Finnish Mobile University of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland will be arriving in the states on March 22. There will be a workshop to design lighting within the UTZEH projects.

January 28, 2009

Professor Christopher Jarrett was able to help aid our interdiscipliary dicussion on the topics that are involved making a future for the UTZEH team, UT as a whole, and possible venues to expand our education programs. There was a great turn out today during our sessions throughout the afternoon. We would like to thank the engineering schools for their turn out. This was an exciting day and we believe that there is a great step ahead that UT can take towards a Solar Decathlon. By that statement, we are seeing that the Architecture school can not be the only leaders and we need a balanced team in terms of leadership and an active role in developing future bonds between schools across the campus and the seas.

January 21, 2009

UT Zero Energy House has invited Professor Christopher Jarrett to the University of Tennessee's Art and Architecture building on Wednesday, January 28. Professor Jarrett will be leading a number of discussions throughout the day concerning different aspects of zero energy house design and construction, as well as what is involved in developing a successful Solar Decathlon project. Everyone is invited to the main lecture at 5:30 pm in rm 109.

In addition to his duties as Associate Director of the Architecture Program at Georgia Tech, Professor Jarrett was also the principle investigator for Georgia Tech's entry in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, leading a 100-person interdisciplinary student and faculty team from the Colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Management, and Sciences. He teaches architectural design studios, seminars and workshops traversing a range of environmental theory, design and science topics.

January 15, 2009

“Zero Energy House for China” studio is officially going to Tsinghua University campus in China for a week long workshop in March 2009 and was awarded $5000 from the The Ready for the World Global Initiative at UT.

December 18, 2008

Edgar Stach visited Tsinghua University, China Central Acadmeny for the Fine Arts, and Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture to sponsor an international collaboration studio for a spring studio of International Graduate Students.

November 18, 2008

A collaboration is begining to be worked out with a group of students of the Light & Space Academy, The Finnish Mobile University of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. They are looking for international sponsors (manufacturers, etc) who would be willing to help them begin this traverse with us in the future. They are noted as a part of our UTZEH team and future consultant. Julle Oksanen, Hannu Tikka, and Scott Wall have been involved in this making this vision succeed. Julle Oksanen Lighting Design Ltd.

November 11, 2008

UTZEH has become a candidate through a second stage interview process in the Rafael Vinoly Architect Research Program for 2008. This research and development would have the focus solely on Zero Energy housing strategies for China/Sichuan addressing economic, social, and political factors as well as material issues in the sustainable prefabricated family dwelling.

November 10, 2008

Our steel arrived!!!

October 27, 2008

Today the structurally insulated panels came in from General Panel Corp based out of Johnson City, TN. The excitement is increasing as we start colborating with other friends made local and afar. Photos.

October 16 - 19, 2008

Chen Li, third year graduate student and UT Zero Energy House member, is going to 2008 ACSA West Fall Conference to present towards a Sustainable Prefabricated Housing for Disaster Relief. The proposition of the paper is to develop a prototype for Zero Energy House for Sichuan Priovince, China Earthquake survivors.

October 3, 2008

The UTZEH team traveled to the Oak Ridge National Laboratories ground breaking for their four new zero-energy homes Friday. The Zebra Alliance is a partnership between Oak Ridge National Lab and Schaad properties. The goal is to build homes that are completely energy efficient. The group plans to study the homes for about two years and then put them on the market to be sold to the average consumer.