The Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAVT), in cooperation with Efficiency Vermont, is offering tours of Solar Decathlon Houses and Biomass Plants on Thursday, July 25 from 8:30-11:30 am at Middlebury College and from 1:30-4:30 pm at Norwich University, Northfield. With an up-close examination of these sustainable, state-of-the-art structures, participants will have the opportunity to learn from building professionals and student leaders about energy and the environment as these relate to construction choices.
Specifically, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the “InSite” and “Delta-T90,” 1,000 sq. ft. solar-powered houses built by architecture and design students before they are moved to California for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s 20-team international collegiate solar decathlon house competition. Attendees will learn about the critical energy, appliance, heating/ventilating, and material choices students made during the design and construction processes. Middlebury’s “Self-Reliance House,” which came in fourth overall for livability and sustainability in 2011’s DOE competition, will also be part of the morning tour. Attendees will also tour biomass gasification plants at both campuses and learn about the characteristics of biomass as an alternate fuel source, the advantages of using sustainable forestry, and achieving carbon-neutrality.
Architects, engineers, building professionals, and the public are welcome. Continuing education credits are available. For registrants paying in advance, fees are $25/half day or $45 full day; for those paying on-site, fees are $30/half day or $50 full day. Checks, payable to AIAVT, should be mailed to 88 Blackbird Lane, Charlotte, VT 05445. Details: AIA, (802) 425-6162, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.aiavt.org.