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UNC Charlotte Solar Decathlon & Energy Efficiency Innovation

Meg Whalen/UNC Charlotte

Amid increasing pressures to address energy usage worldwide, there's been local effort to innovate the way we build homes to be more energy efficient. UNC Charlotte students recently participated in the Solar Decathlon 2013. The team spent two years focusing on smart design, efficient equipment, technology and engineering to manufacture a home they called UrbanEden, which was designed to be part of an urban infill plan. We'll talk to the students and faculty involved in the project and find out how competitions like this and others across the country can influence how we will design and construct homes in an energy efficient way in the future.


Mona Azarbayjani - Assistant Professor of Architecture and lead Principle Investigator of the Solar Decathlon project
Bobby Fornabaio - Engineering student at UNC Charlotte
Clarke Snell - Student project manager of the UrbanEden project
Dennis Richter - President of NARENCO (National Renewable Energy Corporation). Member of the UrbanEden Steering Committee and graduate of UNC Charlotte’s School of Architecture

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