Solar House

The Westcott House Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to offer public programs at the Solar Decathlon House designed and built by the Norwich University students for the 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition.

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Norwich University donated the Delta T90 house to be displayed on the site adjacent to the Westcott House to serve as a learning lab. Through series of design education activities, our audience has an opportunity to engage in dialogue about sustainable practices and gain a better understanding of the opportunities for community improvement presented by creative and innovative design.

The Delta T90 house is an ambitious project that strives to achieve the goal of blending energy efficiency, affordability and aesthetic appeal. In January 2012, Norwich University was awarded a spot in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, an international competition run by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team placed 12th overall and received a prestigious Byron Stafford award. This special award, created in honor of longtime operations manager for Solar Decathlon, Byron Stafford, who passed away in 2013, is meant for the team that best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Stafford, who has been closely involved with the competition since its conception in the late 1990s. Stafford was described as honest, caring, humble, intelligent, fair, reliable, steadfast and genuine.

This initiative has been recognized by the Ohio Arts Council with the award of a highly competitive grant “Creative Economy.” We also received a “Museums for America” grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. IMLS selected our project as one of 152 programs nationwide (out of 470 applications received). According to the panelists "of a particular significance and merit is the innovative approach to community engagement. The melding of 20th century architecture and modern green technology for the benefit of the community is worthwhile endeavor. This project will build capacity and skills in reaching new audiences that all historic houses are looking for.”

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