On Thursday, December 9th, students from Youth Build McLean County will make their 2nd visit to the Urbana campus to visit the 2009 Solar Decathlon house and learn about the 2011 project design. Youth Build is a program that assists people aged 17-24 through education, job training, AmeriCorps, and affordable housing programs. Those involved in the affordable housing program are trained in the building trades and use these skills to build or renovate affordable housing for low-income families in their community.
Those involved in the affordable housing program for Youth Build McLean County will spend Thursday at the University of Illinois. They will visit the 2009 Solar Decathlon house and then learn about the progress of the 2011 project. As part of their visit, they will measure out the design of the 2011 house at full scale in order to get an idea of the space layout and the feel of the house from the interior. We are excited about this outreach event for the project and hope that these students will become involved with the construction of the house starting in February 2011.