Teams Invited to Compete in Smarter, Safer, Greener House Contest

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DaVinci Quest announces launch of international innovation competition to renovate homes to make them more environmentally friendly, more intelligent and safer to live in.

I expect each team will be a collaboration of a contractor licensed to complete building renovations in Colorado combined with manufacturers of alternative energy devices, energy storage devices, water management devices, building supplies and home control devices as well as one or more experts on systems engineering, WiFi communications, energy conservation, and waste management.

DaVinci Quest has taken the first step in establishing an international center of excellence in green building renovation in the City of Longmont, Colorado, United States. Today, DaVinci Quest announced the start of an innovation contest planned to demonstrate technologies that can make a house smarter, safer and greener. The contest will be followed by economic development activities to create jobs within the community.

The contest has been designed to find a practical, economical approach to renovating lower priced homes. The criterion for winning the contest requires a team to design an integrated system that makes use of the best of all available technologies. Each team's renovation plan will be published on the Internet so that every homeowner in the world can make an informed decision on upgrading their homes.

Karl Dakin, CEO of DaVinci Quest, stated "We believe that we have created a unique opportunity for all of the businesses and individuals working with green and smart buildings to showcase the uniqueness of their products and services to the world in a head to head competition. For a cost roughly equivalent to participating in a large trade show, each team will be given a worldwide stage of immeasurable value.

Steve Elliott, a resident of Longmont, was the first homeowner to sign up to participate in the contest. After completing an energy audit earlier this year, he recognized that his house, built in 1927, was constructed when "insulation was not high on the priorities." "It's a good deal for the homeowners," he said of the contest, "There's lots of good money coming back to me, even though I have to put up some of my own." Homeowners will be responsible for direct costs of renovation up to $15,000, but will receive a $5,000 participation fee.

50 teams are sought to compete for a minimum cash prize of $500,000 and international recognition. Team candidates may include:

  • individuals or organizations with new technology products for green or smart buildings
  • general contractors who specialize in 'green buildings' and 'intelligent building' upgrades
  • businesses who currently manufacture products commonly used in energy conservation, water conservation, energy production and storage, or home communication systems
  • students, civic groups or other organizations with an interest in energy conservation

To participate as a team, an individual or organization must pay an entry fee of $25,000 and sign a Contest Agreement. Each team will be matched with a homeowner and, where possible, with a team sponsor.

Mr. Dakin stated "I expect each team will be a collaboration of a contractor licensed to complete building renovations in Colorado combined with manufacturers of alternative energy devices, energy storage devices, water management devices, building supplies and home control devices as well as one or more experts on systems engineering, WiFi communications, energy conservation, and waste management."

To win the Contest, a team must reduce personal energy consumption by 80% of United States national averages, produce and store new energy to meet the needs of a family of four for one month, reduce water consumption by 80%, reduce waste by 80% and control all activities from an electronic device within the home that can also receive a reverse 911 alert via WiFi from the City of Longmont.

Any individual or organization interested in being a team in the Contest should go to Team and complete a Team Application Form. Upon signing the Contest agreement and payment of the entry fee, each team will obtain a priority number. Team candidates will be matched with available homeowners. The size of the Contest will be limited by the number of homeowners who agree to make their homes available for renovation in the Contest, therefore obtaining a high priority number is important to assure participation in the Contest.

A set of the Official Rules and other information regarding the Contest can be found at the DaVinci Quest website: DaVinci Quest.

Actual construction will be completed between June 1 and August 31, 2010 after teams have submitted their renovation plans and received necessary building permits.

About DaVinci Quest:

DaVinci Quest is a Colorado for profit social enterprise dedicated to solving problems with innovation and acting as an economic stimulus.

Contact:

Karl Dakin, Chief Executive Officer
DaVinci Quest LLC
303-916-8272
http://www.davinciquest.com

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