Students from SCI-Arc and Caltech opened their solar home to the public following yesterday’s ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official start of Solar Decathlon 2013. DALE is located on lot #101 at the east end of the Solar Decathlon village at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. and can be visited during public hours.
Team SCI-Arc/Caltech’s DALE is a one-of-its-kind, solar-powered net zero home that enables residents to change the configuration of their living environment based on preference.
At 600 square feet, DALE is a micro house on rails with an unprecedented flexible interior, allowing it to transform into a home three times its size. It proposes a completely new approach to sustainability and includes many other engineering and design breakthroughs that ensure its energy usage is optimized.
Not only did the solar village open to the public, but yesterday also marked the first day of the competition. Team scores will be updated daily over the next week and the wining team will be announced October 12th.
In addition to the juried categories, the public can vote online for the People’s Choice Award and pick their favorite solar home at http://www.solardecathlon.gov/pca/pca_register.php.