26 Jun 2013
June 26, 2013

Sponsor Shoutout: Bonland Industries

Last Friday, members of the Ecohabit team went to Bonland Industries, not to pick up our duct work, but to actually build it.

Our team members walked into the building and were welcomed by the entire Bonland Team and shown to the warehouse behind the offices. Once in the warehouse, our team members were paired up with some of Bonland’s best and were shown how flat sheets of metal were turned into ducts to be used in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems. Bonland allowed our members to help build all of the duct work that will be put into Ecohabit, teaching the team how to construct ducts and also giving those members a deeper understanding of the HVAC system that is being but into Ecohabit.

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24 Jun 2013
June 24, 2013

Student Spotlight: Chelsea Shupe

How did you get involved with Solar Decathlon?

It was suggested to my senior design team and we all loved that idea of being a part of this major project

Are you excited for the Xpo in Irvine, California? What are you planning on doing during your stay?

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the competition in California.

What is your major and how are you contributing your skills to the project.

I am a Business and Technology student with a concentration in Finance. I am actually a very good communicator, so I don’t mind reaching out to companies and asking for donations.

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Just because it’s beautiful outside doesn’t mean that our team isn’t hard at work! This week, our team has been working non-stop to make sure that we stay on or ahead of schedule.

The team members have finally finished staining all the wood that will be used to make Ecohabit’s deck and siding. Some of the team members have also been working to get all the plumbing in the house so we can put in the walls.

Speaking of walls, our team has also been working on our electric work to make sure that all of the houses appliances and fixtures will work when we get Ecohabit up and running.

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21 Jun 2013
June 21, 2013

Week 10 Vlog

Team member Claire Griffin is here to update on the progress of Ecohabit for week 10!

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20 Jun 2013
June 20, 2013

Sponsor Shoutout: Big Ass Fans

This week’s Sponsor Shoutout is towards Big Ass Fans, a company based in Lexington, Kentucky. They are donating fans to Ecohabit, ensuring that air will be circulated to make the house comfortable and stylish. Big Ass Fans, which are manufactured up to 24 feet in diameter, use their large size accompanied with low speed to circulate large amounts of air.

In the summer days, Big Ass Fans can be found in air-conditioned and non-air conditioned buildings. Although the movement of air does not actually lower the temperature of a room, people feel 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in a well-circulated room. In the winter, warm air tends to rise to the ceiling.

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