Today, Tuesday Sept. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, the University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Team will celebrate the completion of construction of LEAFHouse, its entry for this year’s international solar house competition on the National Mall in Washington. The event will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the construction site, east of the Architecture Building, and will feature a video tour of the house, readings from first year book The Ravaging Tide by Mike Tidwell, and free ice cream. In attendance for the LEAFHouse Celebration will be President Mote, as well as members of the Maryland Senate.
LEAFHouse will soon after be packed up and shipped to the Mall for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which runs October 12-20 and features twenty teams from around the world. The houses these teams have built over the past two years will then be judged on ten contests, ranging from architecture and engineering to market viability and the ability to power an electric car.
Maryland’s entry draws its name, as well as inspiration from the leaf, which the team views as nature’s ultimate solar panel. LEAF also stands for “Leading Everyone to an Abundant Future,” and LEAFHouse is meant to be an attractive, efficient demonstration of solar power as an integral part of a sustainable future, particularly here in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Sam is the LEAFHouse Outreach and Fundraising Student Team Leader