The results of the first of ten competitions in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon were revealed this morning in a long and drawn out ceremony on the National Mall that tortured waiting students. A jury of architects had toured each of the 20 houses Saturday and Sunday to judge their designs and the finished product. But just as one of the jurors was about to announce the top three houses in that category, a microphone lost power and it took several rounds of trial and error to get sound working again. The University of Colorado architects paced, whispered and groaned with their peers every time the mic went out.
When the top three were finally announced, CU was not among them. First place went to the army of Germans with the Technische Universitat Darmstadt, second to University of Maryland, and third to Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. CU students then had to go to the leader board with the rest of the uncalled schools to wait for their place. They came in tenth.
It was a disappointment, and a call the CU students don’t agree with, but they still have plenty of time to move up that board as the week goes on.
Besides, nobody will remember who won the architecture competition when all is said and done, but everyone remembers that CU won the entire contest both in 2002 and 2005.
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I’ll be watching the race until Friday – when they find out whether or not they got the 3-peat. Check out the houses and other info at www.solardecathlon.org. -- Jessica Centers