Recently, a wood fence was salvaged from a University of Illinois professor’s home to be used for the construction of planters and benches for the Re_home. Team Illinois is really excited about the opportunity to Re_use these materials. Students retrieved and disassembled the fence to prepare for its use in construction. The team is still finalizing the planter and bench design, but will begin construction on these features soon using the salvaged wood.
Team Illinois enjoyed a group pizza party on February 23. The pizza gathering allowed students involved in various aspects of the project to meet face to face to discuss the progress of the project. Students from the Solar Decathlon engineering and architecture classes shared their most recent ideas, and the team was able to view the architecture studio’s progress with mock-ups including a mock-up of a planter unit. The pizza party was a great success and brought our large team of students together for a fun evening.
Team Illinois has completed a 1:24 scale house model and a computer-animated walkthrough to be presented at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida from January 12-15, 2011. IBS is the largest residential trade show in the world with over 100,000 attendees which will provide Team Illinois the opportunity to talk to builders, suppliers, and manufacturers about the Re_home project. Our model shows various modifications and improvements since the last model deliverable in March 2010. In addition, the animation provides a realistic 3 dimensional tour of our home. To view the animation, see the link below.
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.
Currently the University of Illinois 2011 Solar Decathlon team is working, as it has throughout the entire design process, to successfully integrate all the elements of the home into a cohesive design. At this point in time the team is selecting and refining the individual components of the home to ensure the team’s goals for the project are met. Individual elements and building systems are being designed to strike a balance of cost and performance, resulting in a house designed for success on the Washington Mall next fall.
The team is excited for the busy year ahead leading up to the competition. We are currently looking forward to displaying our design at the International Builders Show in Orlando this upcoming January. Please make sure to seek us out at the show and follow our progress through the blog portion of the website.
As always the team is looking from support from building industry experts and others interested in the Solar Decathlon. If you are interested in supporting the University of Illinois Team please contact us at email@example.com