Middlebury College’s ‘Self Reliance’ grabs 4th place in Solar Decathlon 2011
Team Middlebury’s Self Reliance placed fourth overall and won the competition’s final category, Market Appeal, which focused on the marketability, affordability, and buildability of the house. Middlebury also placed first in Communications and Home Entertainment earlier in the competition. Final scores by category, team, contest, and date can be found here.
The final awards ceremony today started with the team in sixth place. President Liebowitz and a few Middlebury faculty and staff made the trip down to Washington D.C. for the final ceremony.
On Friday, the Middlebury College team placed first in the Communications category — a huge win in an important category. Judges had this to say about the team’s communications victory:
Middlebury College, this year’s winner of the Communications Contest, is a very authentic team that conveyed the best of New England architecture. This team’s holistic approach to communications was refreshing; they achieved in all aspects of communications—not just in one area…
The team earlier had placed first only in the Home Entertainment category, while ranking relatively high in Architecture, Affordability, Energy Balance, Hot Water, and Appliances. The team ran into troubles in the Comfort Zone category because of a broken heat pump that helped regulate temperature and humidity in the house. The team eventually placed seventh in that category. Self Reliance ranked 11th in engineering sparking this tweet with the classic underdog tone that has followed the team through the competition:
For those who didn’t get a chance to tour the house, it will return to the Middlebury campus to be student housing. It will be located on Porter Field road near the CFA. A walkthru video tour:
(Photo credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, Middlebury Solar Decathlon blog)