RSMeans Sponsors The Challenge To Create Clean Energy Houses At The 2013 DOE Solar Decathlon

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Cost data leader provides RSMeans Online licenses to help competing college students build affordable, attractive and energy efficient solar-powered houses.

U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon teams gather for group photograph

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 all-team photo in Irvine, Ca. (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy)

RSMeans is very honored to be part of an event that educates both students and the public about the importance of sustainability and green building.

RSMeans proudly announces its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition that challenges teams of talented students to build attractive, functional and energy efficient solar houses. As a resource sponsor, RSMeans is donating licenses for its newest cost estimating tool, RSMeans Online, to help the teams estimate and manage costs.

“The DOE Solar Decathlon not only showcases the talents of future architects, engineers and construction professionals, it also gives the public a much larger awareness of advancements in renewable resources and energy efficiency,” stated Laura Marlow, Business Development Director, Reed Construction Data. “We appreciate the opportunity to support the students and the U.S. Department of Energy in this challenge.”

This year marks the sixth DOE Solar Decathlon competition. Teams from universities around the world have spent almost two years funding, designing and building the houses, which compete for points in 10 very intense contests – varying from architecture, engineering, appeal, comfort and affordability to maximized energy production and efficiency. The winner must excel in all categories.

“RSMeans is very honored to be part of an event that educates both students and the public about the importance of sustainability and green building,” stated Lisa Cooley, Program Director, RSMeans. “We support the greening of our built environment through cost data products that keep pace with cutting-edge technologies, and we’re proud these students rely on our data to create affordable solar designs.”

The students’ final designs are open to the public during the Solar Decathlon Expo, taking place in Irvine, California, from October 3-6 and 10-13.

For more information about the 2013 DOE Solar Decathlon, visit

For information about RSMeans Online, visit

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