Living Light News

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.

UT’s Solar-powered House Wins National Graphic Design Award

Living Light, UT Knoxville’s state-of-the-art, zero-energy house, has garnered another national accolade, this time for the effectiveness of its graphic design as well as its collaborative efforts with architecture and engineering. The American Institute of Graphic Artists, the professional association of design, introduced a new award category, “Making the Case,” to this year’s design competition.

UT Solar-Powered House Begins Tour Across State as Educational Exhibition

Living Light, UT Knoxville’s state-of-the-art, zero-energy house, will open its doors to the public on campus this weekend, marking the beginning of the Tennessee Tour, an educational exhibition that will travel across the state. The free tour will kick off Saturday, November 19, and will coincide with the UT-Vanderbilt football game.

Huffington Post: Solyndra Technology Powers Washington, D.C.

This article from The Huffington Post profiles Living Light, UT Knoxville’s entry in the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. The article cites the house’s efficiency, use of technology, and high-quality design. The house is powered by Solyndra technology, which has been a hot topic recently in Washington.

Team Living Light Begins Competition Today

Competition begins today for Team Living Light, UT’s student team competing in the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. You can help Team Living Light by voting for them in the People’s Choice category. Online voting begins at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow at

Countdown Begins for UT Team in Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

In just three days, Team Living Light begins transporting the stunning, state-of-the-art, zero-energy house to the Washington Mall to compete in the US Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. Representing more than 200 students and nine academic programs, UT’s team will face off against ninteen other teams in a series of ten events beginning September 23. Winners will be announced October 1.

News Sentinel: UT students taking solar home to DC

The University of Tennessee is one of twenty teams taking part in the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon competition on September 23 in Washington, D.C. The Knoxville News Sentinel takes a look at the full-scale prototype that Team Living Light will pit against designs from other universities. The 750-square-foot home was designed by more than 200 UT students from ten disciplines and runs entirely on solar power.

UT’s Team Living Light to Hold Construction Open House April 19

Team Living Light from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host a construction open house next week to celebrate progress made on the Living Light house. Free and open to the public, the event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at the Design Build Annex, 3408 Henson Road, Knoxville.