Living Light News

Solar House Moving Saturday, Donated to Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge

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The university is donating Living Light, its award-winning solar-powered house, to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Living Light will move to its permanent home on Saturday, May 17. Starting at 7:00 a.m., the 750-square-foot, zero-energy structure will be transported from the UT Gardens to the Oak Ridge museum at 461 West Outer Drive. The move is expected to take several hours.

Solar Decathlon House Continues to Yield Data

Students and faculty hope their innovations from last year’s Department of Energy Solar Decathlon benefit teams gearing up for the 2013 contest. The U.S. Department of Energy’s biannual international competition challenges teams of students to design and build low- to zero-energy homes, learning about solar power and sustainable design along the way.

Architecture Professors to Present on Solar House at Science Forum

Living Light, the solar house built for the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, will be the topic of the second Science Forum of the semester. Amy Howard, architect and director of development, and James Rose, adjunct assistant professor and interim director of the Institute for Smart Structures, will present “The UT Solar House—A Prototype for Zero-Energy Living,” on Friday, September 13.

Living Light Goes to Chattanooga for Last Tour Stop

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Living Light, the university’s energy-efficient, solar-powered house, is traveling to Chattanooga as part of a multi-city tour of the state from July 20-29. This is the home’s last stop before it comes back to Knoxville where it will reside at the UT Gardens.

Solar-Powered House to Showcase at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Living Light, UT’s solar-powered house, is one of only seventeen projects chosen to represent the nation’s land-grant universities this summer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. The festival commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the US Department of Agriculture.

UT Solar-powered House Moving to Nashville as Part of Tennessee Tour

Living Light, UT Knoxville’s solar-powered house, is moving to Nashville as part of a multi-city tour of the state. The 750-square-foot home will be featured at the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Efficiency Forum February 21—22. The house will then be on display at Centennial Park from February 29 to April 1.

Green Design Luncheon to Feature Case Study of UT Living Light House

Living Light, UT Knoxville’s solar-powered house, will be the focus of the January 20 meeting for professionals certified in the design of green buildings. The East Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is sponsoring the event, which will review the design of Living Light, as well as the implementation of the house’s energy-saving techniques such as the cylindrical solar arrays, innovative double façade, and the specially designed home automation system.

Knox County Students to Learn from UT Solar-powered House

Knox County middle school students this month will learn about energy efficiency and sustainability through Living Light, UT Knoxville’s solar-powered house. Diane Bossart, research associate and manager of the Tennessee Tour, will present the lessons at one private and four public schools, and students will experience them through hands-on activities.