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Nashville team’s ‘Harmony House’ scores a spot in international Solar Decathlon

Posted by on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Energy, Green Building, News, Research, Sustainability Competition.

[Originally published by Research News @ Vanderbilt]

Team Music City, an interdisciplinary group from Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, has been selected to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2015, a U.S. Department of Energy event that challenges students to design and build a functioning, energy-efficient, solar-powered house.

This is the first time a Vanderbilt-MTSU-Habitat-Nashville team will compete in the Solar Decathlon. The team’s conceptual design – Harmony House – forges a connection between Southern living and modern green technologies.

Twenty teams from colleges and universities across the country and around the world will now begin the nearly two-year process of building their solar-powered houses. The venue for Solar Decathlon 2015 is the Orange County Great Park, located between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Team Music City is composed of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt, in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences at MTSU, and partners from Habitat-Nashville.

Drawing from a variety of classes, students in construction management, interior design, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering will be involved in the planning, designing and building processes, which will lead to constructing a home that is greater than 600 square feet but less than 1,000 square feet in size. The home will be built on the Vanderbilt campus.

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