Washington, DC– CIMA member National Fiber sponsored two homes in 2011’s Solar Decathlon: Middlebury College and Parsons The New School for Design/Stevens Institute of Technology.
National Fiber’s sponsorships included the donation and shipment of product, on-site technical training and installation assistance, as well as marketing and PR support. National Fiber also assisted in the construction of cellulose insulation wall-cutaway displays to aid the students’ on-site educational presentation of how the product works. Four National Fiber staff members traveled to Washington DC to oversee the representation of cellulose insulation, and to research and assess the competition as a whole.
The 2011 winners were announced on October 2. The small liberal arts college Middlebury finished fourth receiving a distinguished Honorable Mention, no small feat against engineering schools from Purdue and other powerhouse universities around the world. Their entry prominently displayed the benefits of cellulose insulation in the design. The school’s house was featured recently on PBS Nightly Business Report.
“Energy conservation is an essential first step in building energy efficient homes. Our goal with the Solar Decathlon was to help increase awareness and understanding in the field about cellulose insulation, and to demonstrate the critical difference that cellulose insulation makes when weatherizing a home,” said National Fiber President Chris Hoch. “While the showing of cellulose insulation was limited to our two teams, our presence was recognized. It is our hope that cellulose will play a much bigger role in future Solar Decathlons and competitions in the years ahead.”
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon dates to the inaugural event in 2002. Since then, the Solar Decathlon has been held biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. According to its website, the international competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.