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May 11, 2011

Purdue's IN Home Rallies for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

One of the newest teams to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon this year is Purdue University. The fresh team has joined this year to rally against many of its Big Ten competitors and prove that even without an architecture program, Purdue can succeed on the National Mall. Starting with just four students in 2009, Purdue's team has grown to a group of 200 people planning, designing, engineering, and building the last two years. To get the inside scoop, we spoke with Project Manager Kevin Rodgers about Purdue's Net-Zero IN Home (Indiana Home).

Purdue's Solar Decathlon team is using three words to describe the IN Home: efficiency, practical, and essential. "We are going with a home that is very realistic but appealing to a specific Midwestern style to fit in most neighborhoods," said Rodgers, who also works as a mechanical engineering technology research assistant. See the Energy Blog post.