2011 Video Blog: Engineering Awards Ceremony

Uploaded by DOESolarDecathlon on 30.09.2011

>> RICHARD KING: Hey, welcome to the Solar Decathlon. We're here today to announce the
engineering contest.
Yeah. Pretty important stuff. So we started with affordability the other day. We did architecture
yesterday. Now we're doing engineering. So which one is more important?
Well, the short answer is they're all worth 100 points, right? But, you know, you've got
500 points' worth of performance contests: heating and cooling, and appliances, home
entertainment, energy balance, hot water. So it better be pretty well engineered to
get those 500 points, so I'll let you make your own conclusion as to which one's the
most important.
Hey, I just wanna remind you that all the juries deliberated last week, if you remember,
Thursday and Friday, and they put their results in these sealed envelopes, and we had Price
Waterhouse and all that take care of it. So they did not know the current standings at
all when they did this.
So the criteria that they looked at was, as you know, functionality – but I want everybody
here who doesn't know to know – functionality, which ensures that the energy and their heating/ventilating/air
conditioning systems (HVAC systems) function as intended. They looked at the efficiency
measures of the houses, how much energy the house uses and how much it would save versus
conventional systems. They looked at innovation, which gauges the design solutions and their
market potential. They of course looked at reliability to assess the systems and how
well would they perform over the course of the competition or of the annual operating
period. And lastly, but not least, is documentation. They looked at your documentation. Could they
understand it? Was it done professionally? And was it complete? So those were the five
criteria: functionality, efficiency, innovation, reliability, and documentation.
So what I'd like to do now is introduce Hunter Fanney, who was one of the jury members here.
He's gonna help me present the winners – or the awards for first, second, and third here,
and then make those announcements. So welcome, Hunter Fanney.
>> HUNTER FANNEY: Thank you, Richard. It's been my pleasure to be a jury for the U.S.
Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, and now to help out with the announcement of winners
for the engineering contest.
Representing my fellow jurors, William Rittelmann and David Springer, who couldn't be with us
today but worked very hard through last week and this weekend to come up with the final
scores. Together we scored each house's engineering merit by evaluating the team's construction
documents, energy analysis, and engineering video and by performing an on-site evaluation
this past weekend when we toured each individual entry. As a jury, we considered and scored
the teams on the stated criteria that evaluated the engineering merit of each house, including
the functionality, efficiency, innovation, reliability, and documentation.
>> RICHARD KING: Geez, I almost brought first place out. Hey, I could tell you guys kinda
knew before I made the announcement from the description, so we're gonna change things
around a little bit. I'm just gonna belt out the winner for third place, the team is gonna
come up, and then Hunter is gonna describe why they chose third so it's more of a surprise.
Maybe we'll get a little animation out there. So...
So for third place, engineering goes to University of Tennessee.
>> HUNTER FANNEY: Okay. Our third-place team used an interdisciplinary approach of architecture
and engineering. Its house features a user-friendly and intuitive energy monitoring system and
a control system that readily adapts to seasonal changes. In engineering this house, the team
used the best off-the-shelf technology for heating and cooling equipment. And we believe
that this team found an elegant solution to a challenging architectural feature, a vented
double-glass façade. And with that, I'd like to present to them the third-place acrylic.
>> UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE STUDENT: Wow. I don't really know what to say. I didn't really
prepare a speech, but I just wanna say we're so honored to be here with all these other
amazing teams. I haven't been to all the houses yet, but all the houses that I've been to,
I've just been completely impressed with everything from the engineering design to the architecture
design. I just think this year is some of the most competitive teams that we've had
in the Solar Decathlon so far, and it's just an incredible honor to be up here right now.
I wanna thank all of our team, our architecture, our engineering team, all the guys that couldn't
be here. We had a huge team this year, about 200 students total in our university, and
they couldn't all make it here. And I'd also like to thank our faculty advisors and all
of our sponsors and then also just the Department of Energy for hosting this. I mean, this has
been an incredible experience, so thanks a lot. We're really happy to get this.
>> RICHARD KING: Okay, you ready for second place? Engineering. So, second place for engineering:
>> SCI-ARC/CALTECH STUDENT: So on behalf of the SCI-Arc/CalTech Solar Decathlon team,
I'd just like to give out the most sincere thank you to our mentors, friends, supporters,
donors, families who made this experience possible for all of us. It has been an amazing
ride. And I'd just like to give out a special thank you to Dr. Doug Carwell, who has been
one of the best mentors we have ever met, and unfortunately he passed away during a
bicycle accident, and his memory will be always with me and the rest of the team. So thank
you just for making this experience possible, and it has been an amazing ride. Thanks a
lot. We're just honored and privileged to receive this award. Thank you.
>> HUNTER FANNEY: And now I'd like to tell you why they were selected for second place.
This team designed appropriately for its climate. The house uses a forward-thinking control
system with the ultimate user interaction. It has an anticipatory water irrigation system
and window shading system that uses weather forecasting to make decisions. Through close
collaboration with industry, this team has developed a heat recovery system to heat water
using a desuperheater in combination with their heating and cooling equipment. In addition,
this house has a unique thermal envelope system that uses commercially available materials.
Finally, when leaving the home for the day, there's a feature that every parent would
love: a large red button to de-energize the entire house when the last person walks out.
>> RICHARD KING: Okay. Now we're doing first place. Yeah. So for engineering, the 2011
Solar Decathlon first place for engineering goes to New Zealand.
>> HUNTER FANNEY: So our first-place award goes to New Zealand. It used exceptional parametric
analysis and a resulting outstanding energy analysis to design their home. It targeted
energy savings based upon climate and energy savings potential. The house was beautifully
executed, with extreme attention to detail and craftsmanship, as was evident in all their
mechanical and electrical systems. The house has a cohesive system of easy-to-visualize
energy use throughout, for a unique, easy-to-understand tree-ring visualization system. Congratulations
to New Zealand.
>>BEN JAGERSMA: Holy crap.
This is – oh, I wanna say I have no idea what to say. This is – we're an architecture
I just wanna say thank you to this team. These guys are absolutely incredible. The majority
of these guys have had to do a whole lot of learning in order to upskill in order to achieve
this, put in some tremendous hours, and done an amazing job. It's just amazing. To all
of you guys out there, same as all the other teams this year: this is an absolutely amazing
experience to be here in D.C. with a house from New Zealand. And to share it with all
of you guys is just absolutely fantastic. So I thank you very, very much. Thanks, USA.
>> RICHARD KING: Well, that was fun. You wanna have more fun, tomorrow is Communications,
2:30, right here, and the overall competition awards, which includes market appeal as well
as overall, 2:30 on Saturday right here. So that concludes everything for teams. I've
got the results here that shows the new standing, so come on up and get those, and any media
that wants it. So thank you for coming. Come back again tomorrow and again on Saturday
and again on Sunday.