Cal Poly’s entry in the Solar Decathlon — a U.S. Department of Energy contest that challenges universities to design energy efficient homes — set off from Cal Poly on Sept. 25, to Irvine, where it will be judged alongside 13 other universities’ entries.
The 1000-square-foot home, which makes use of solar panels and other efficient design features to conserve water and energy, was constructed in four parts for ease of transport, according to a Cal Poly news release. A heating and air conditioning unit for the home is being transported as well.
The parts were loaded onto five tractor-trailers, three of which left Cal Poly on the afternoon of Sept 25. The remaining two are expected to leave Sept 26.
A team of more than 100 Cal Poly students has been working on the house over the past year and a half. The team will have eight days to install and test their creation before the contest begins.
The contest takes place from Oct. 8 to 18 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Visitors can tour the houses there from Oct. 8 to 11 and Oct. 15 to 18.
Contestants are judged in a variety of categories, including affordability, engineering, and market appeal. The overall contest winner best blends cost-effectiveness, consumer appeal, design, energy production and efficiency.