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Shrewsbury Church to hold panel discussion on sustainability

longwalkShrewsbury, MA – Excitement is in the air as over 30 students and faculty from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, New York University Polytechnic, Ghent University-Belgium, and the Worcester Technical High School, design and build a home powered by the sun as an entry for the International Solar Decathlon to be held in Datong, China in August 2013.  This net-zero energy house, “Solatrium”, is the result of a collaboration by these engineering students, their teachers and advisors, and is one of only 23 finalists in the competition.

The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive in an effort to help societal needs, promote collaborative learning and develop skills required for a technological and innovation-based economy.  The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

While the university students are responsible for design and development, students from the WTHS have joined the team to assist with areas related to carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC installation.

The Earth Stewardship Ministry of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury (FCC) is hosting a panel discussion of the project on Sunday, March 10, at 11:00AM in the Adkins Room of FCC, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury.  Professor Steven van Dessel of Ghent University-Belgium, Karen Bean from the WPI Development Office,  State Representative Matt Beaton, and Hannah Kane of Beaton Kane Construction, will outline different aspects of the project.  For more information, contact Paul Dobner at 508-981-0143.


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