Solar Decathlon

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For the first time in its history, the annual Solar Decathlon, normally held in Washington, D.C., will be in Irvine, and partner AIA Orange County, couldn’t be more excited.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s 6th Annual Solar Decathlon and XPO Symposium shouldn’t be missed if at all possible. Mark your calendars for October 3, 2013.

20 structures created from the collaborative minds of collegiate teams ranging from the Nevada desert to rural Vermont, (and a few from other countries as well), will be on display.

Also, taking shape is Symposium Lecture Series for which AIA Orange County is currently accepting member applications to participate as a guest lecturer. This series will be happening simultaneously. If you are interested in being a guest lecturer, please forward your interest and a brief outline of your program to for consideration. Type “XPO Symposium” in the subject line.

Volunteers are also needed. This is an excellent way to secure NCARB community service credit or simply to participate in this international event. Please forward your interest to and type “XPO Volunteer” in the subject line.

Whether one is an attendee, a volunteer, or a guest lecturer, what this means for all is more of an inside scope. Not only can one read and examine the structure, but then after walk into an exhibition where there are actual hands-on examples.

“Want to know about the solar water heater used in one of the structures? Look, here is the expo where you can check it out yourself,” explained Jeff Gill, FAIA, Executive Director of AIA Orange County.

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Shannon Calder

Shannon Calder, a Sacramento-based writer, joined the AIACC in 2013. She is the author of, “Jack and Abigail Make a Compass,” a novel about people, birds, and orchids. She spends her days both on and off hours, looking for connection, which is a good hobby to have when linking the value of design to public perception.

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