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By Tim Lentz, 2009-06-15 12:53:36

Framed decking sitting in the warehouse.

The decks are starting to take shape in the warehouse. There is a summer class of architecture students (I think) who are working on the decking. This picture is from about June 10 so they are farther along than this image shows. Unfortunately we don't have the webcam in the warehouse anymore so you can't watch the decks come together the same way the house did. Don't worry, they'll show up on camera at the outdoor site in the future. Speaking of which, have you checked out the webcam lately? The house actually has an entire roof now and is almost completely enclosed.

Busy Week

By Tim Lentz, 2009-06-15 12:45:50

Ulrike, Tim's chair, Eric and Peter talking to a speakerphone.  Peter enjoys a coffee in a paper cup while Tim prefers his out of his heavy duty travel mug.  Eric of course prefers computers to coffee.

Sorry I haven't uploaded anything for a week. I've been pretty tied up with trying to get some of our money spent by the end of the fiscal year and with other things that came up. We ended up doing a couple of interviews via speakerphone with various writers. Here is my pic of us during one of the interviews, well all of us except me since I was operating the camera. Interviews are always fun for us, we love talking about the project as much as we can. These recent interviews were for the Department of Energy to use for promotional and informational materials.



By Tim Lentz, 2009-06-05 14:17:19

Lots of glass and light and sky

This is just something that I can't help but notice. This photo was taken just outside the door of the Solar Decathlon studio in our Design building. As you can see there is a large atrium at the center of the building. The atrium is typically very well lit during the daytime by the sun alone. For some reason, the building control system keeps the fluorescent lights on the left turned on most of the day (they do turn off on rare occasions). This is a perfect example of where daylighting should be reducing the amount of electricity consumed by interior lighting. The Interlock House has been designed to provide adequate daylighting throughout most of the day, minimizing the hours that the electric lights need to be turned on.

Yay more sensors!

By Tim Lentz, 2009-06-04 12:31:31

Electrical meter on top of CTs.

The way things are going it looks like all I do is get sensors in the mail. For the last couple of weeks we've been working on our deliverables for the Department of Energy so I haven't had much interesting stuff to show for a while besides what toys show up in the mail. That should change now that the deliverables have been submitted. Anyhow, this is one of the electrical meters that will measure how much electricity is being used by the individual branch circuits in the house.

Major sponsors Iowa State University U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory