Resource Furniture-Sponsored Teams Win Numerous Awards at Solar Decathlon 2013

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The popular distributor of efficient and space saving furniture sponsored award-winning teams.

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Four Resource Furniture and Clei-sponsored teams in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon took home top prizes, including Kentuckiana, Norwich, Ontario and USC. Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate sustainable homes. By collaborating with Resource Furniture, named “the biggest retailer in the multi-functional space in the U.S.” by the Wall Street Journal, the homes were not only energy-efficient and cost effective, but also hyper-functional.

Team Ontario, made up of students from Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College, was awarded first place in engineering as well as second place in affordability! Tying for the top prize in affordability were two Resource Furniture-sponsored teams: Norwich University and Team Kentuckiana, made up of students from University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky. USC was awarded third place in the architecture competition.

The biennial event, located this year at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA, featured the homes conceptualized by 19 finalist teams selected from around the world. The teams spent almost two years planning, proposing and executing their homes and once in Irvine, the homes were judged by a panel of experts on a range of factors including affordability, architecture and market appeal. The winning teams successfully balanced energy production and consumption with efficient, well-designed homes. Six of the competing homes featured efficient transforming furniture made in Italy by Clei, distributed exclusively in North America by Resource Furniture. The overall winner of the competition was Team Austria.

“We are exceptionally proud of all the teams for their profound achievements – particularly those we sponsored,” said Ron Barth, president of Resource Furniture. “We look forward to Solar Decathlon 2015!”

The six collegiate teams Resource Furniture sponsored include Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico; University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky; Norwich University; Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology; Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College; and the University of Southern California.

This latest venture comes as part of a long list of recent projects in non-profit and academic arenas. Resource Furniture has sponsored and collaborated in designing a course at Georgia Tech, as well as exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and Design Museum Boston.

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