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Date:4/20/2009

rough an Internet-based monitoring system. Micro inverters alert users to malfunctioning panels and ultimately result in a higher energy yield.

In addition to the projects being student directed, the competition requires that the houses include sleeping quarters, entertainment space, a kitchen and a bathroom. Preliminary construction of Curio House began several weeks ago inside a warehouse on the Tufts campus. From now until the completion of the house in September, students will be constructing the house at the outdoor site.

Solar Village in Washington, D.C.

The Decathlon is comprised of ten graded competitions in areas including design, energy usage and marketability. Following a comprehensive design process and construction phase, teams will transport the houses to the National Mall in Washington D.C., by October 1st, where the houses will be judged and open to the public for viewing. During this year's competition, more than 250,000 people are expected to visit the solar village.

Team Boston Project Manager and BAC student Colin Booth says, "We are addressing broader issues of exessive consumption, climate change and our relation to the built environment. We're setting a new paradigm of how we use limited resources and showcasing the next generation of problem solving. In reality, the twenty schools aren't in competition with one another, but with the status quo that has gotton us into this mess."

"We face significant environmental challenges in the development and construction of this project, a sustainable house that will likely return to face New England's winters. With this project we are able to experiment, and to exercise the ideals that we expect will inform the future of sustainable design."

Tufts' principal investigator for the project, William Moomaw, a director of Tufts Institute for the Environment, and a professor of international environmental policy at The Fletcher School, emphasizes
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Contact: Alex Reid
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Tufts University
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