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Dow Solar to Sponsor The Dow Chemical Company Solar Design Competition
International Solar Design Competition to Seek Next-Generation Near-Zero Energy Home Innovations
APRIL 27, 2011 ¨D Dow Solar, the leader in the development and commercialization of next-generation solar technology, has announced its sponsorship of an international student design competition to encourage new discoveries that can lead to economical, sustainable energy homes that are culturally adaptable to multiple regions.
Requirements and goals
The Dow Chemical Company Solar Design Competition, open to students across the globe, calls for the design of a building comprising three connected dwellings; each of the dwellings must use active and passive solar technologies to achieve near-zero energy solutions. In addition to the pioneering of innovative home energy designs, the competition will enable an ongoing dialogue and ideas assessment to inspire creative innovation around active and passive solar technologies.
The competition will be an entirely peer-reviewed competition that will be held online, allowing participants to interact via individual web pages and requiring each contestant to judge other submissions against predetermined criteria.
Registration for the competition will begin in August 2011 via www.dow.com/competition and will be open to individual students, student teams, or students participating with professionals in any field appropriate to the project goals. Interested parties can visit www.dow.com/competition, where further information regarding requirements, logistics, prizing and more will continue to be made available as the competition start date approaches.
Three winning entries, as determined by the peer review judging process, will receive cash prizes of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 to be awarded at a formal ceremony in early 2012. Additional topical prizes (e.g. Best of Show, Green, Innovation, etc.) will be awarded by a separate jury of experts and Dow employees.
Midland, MI-based architect Peter Anders of Kayvala, Inc., will serve as consultant for the competition. Kayvala works closely with innovative companies developing to develop new construction materials and products.
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