Sunday, December 9, 2007

WSU Selects Shoreline CC as Site for Solar Decathlon House

In 2005, WSU students built an ultra-low energy house for competition in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. They were the only team from the Northwest competing in that year's event.

The structure was built to be portable, and was constructed from a discarded shipping container. It utilizes ultra-efficient insulation, recycled construction materials, and heats domestic water with the rejected heat from the refrigerator.

Recently, WSU donated the structure to Shoreline Community College where it will serve as the focus for the college's programs exploring renewable industries, architecture, construction management and engineering.

It's a great example of forward thinking engineering in our backyard. The Zero Energy House is located on the northwest corner of the campus, at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., just west of Aurora Avenue and north of Seattle city limits. Community organizations can schedule private tours by calling Brian Mast at 206-280-8167.

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