The annual competition, to be held Oct. 12-20 in Washington, challenges 20 college teams to compete in building and operating efficient solar-powered homes. The Decathlon entries, built on campuses around the country, must be disassembled, transported and re-built on the National Mall, where they will be judged.
MIT's snug 800 square foot passive solar home is under construction on a lot at the corner of Portland and Albany Streets in Cambridge.
The DOE provides each team $100,000 for the project, but a shortfall in money and labor persists. The team is raffling off a 2008 Toyota Camry to help raise funds, and members are eager for volunteers to work on construction. To help out, contact Arlis Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Sarah H. Wright) Photo / Donna Coveney