It’s Time to Go Home

About the only sign of life today at the decathlon site were a few hundred students, walking zombie-like through the equipment, materials, detritus and partially-disassembled houses. And even a few still fully complete structures... It was a mad … [Continue reading]


The solar decathlon affordability and marketability scores have just been announced. Baffling. We just can't wait for the architecture scores... No less a statesman than Anthony McAuliffe could have better described this. … [Continue reading]


As the point totals among the top four Solar Decathlon teams continue to climb, the percentile differences between each team grow smaller. Days ago the variations between first and second place, or second or third were calculated to be about 1%. … [Continue reading]

Tracking the Decathlon Scores…

Is like watching a turtle race. That’s not being critical, just voicing frustration that the top teams are all so close in the scoring. Exciting, yes; stressful, even more so. Data is collected and compared throughout the event, and as we … [Continue reading]

Solar Decathlon Judging, and You Can Vote!

WOW! The Miners’ Nest Home has edged into the lead. Runner-up Stevens Institute of Technology’s score is 99.999% of S&T’s number (really!), so it’s a virtual dead heat. While we’re all excited, the objective scores amount to reading computer … [Continue reading]

Open for Business!!!!

This afternoon it was “throw the doors open and meet your neighbors!” as decathletes from fourteen teams had a chance to see what lay behind their competitors’ walls. While five houses aren’t quite ready for visitors, the Miners toured the other … [Continue reading]


High-five, chest bump, fist in the air, whatever, the Miners are an ecstatic bunch! Decathlon rules required each team to pass three critical inspections by noon yesterday: site cleanup, public exhibit and public safety. The first one is … [Continue reading]

Exciting News for the Miners!

Solar Decathlon officials announced today that Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz would be visiting the event this Thursday morning. Site officials have chosen three homes for Moniz to tour, and S&T’s Nest Home has made the cut! That’ll mean … [Continue reading]

The Best Birthday Present EVER!

And the story behind it… Let us first introduce to you, Richard Dalton, shop and safety operations manager at S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center. Richard has a slightly mellow personality, but he shoulders tremendous … [Continue reading]

Solar Decathlon Construction, Day Four

….and while it’s still only the set-up phase, the Miners seem to be outpacing everyone. Fourteen university teams are busy (re)building their homes for the Solar Decathlon, but as of this morning only eight have passed the foundation set and … [Continue reading]