Supporting Solar Innovation

Supporting Solar Innovation

October 5th, 2017

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DMA’s Charles Porter and Adrian Hogg attended the opening of the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition to design and build solar-powered houses that demonstrate energy efficiency, sustainability, design excellence and market potential. This year’s competition launched October 5 in Denver with 11 teams—including one from Northwestern University, where Charles teaches a class about commercial real estate development in the McCormick School’s Master of Project Management program.

The homes showcased solar technology and other advanced systems. Adrian and Charles were impressed with the ideas and execution of all the houses and brought back techniques and materials that might apply to current and future client projects. Teams initially built their entries near the participating colleges and then partly disassembled and shipped the homes to Denver. For the House by Northwestern team, the planning, research and design effort began almost a year and a half in advance.


U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 

Northwestern solar home shows off in prime time