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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Ignoring the rain and cold, Team California held an impromtu dance party in Refract House following the announcement of their third place win in the Solar Decathlon. With the Shop Boyz blaring, students from several other teams joined in the celebration.

Earlier in the morning, emotions ran high in the main tent of the Solar Decathlon competition. There were whistles and cheers (and even a few tears) following each announcement: third place, second place, and third place in engineering. And then, finally, the overall winners:
Team California, third place

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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 by Chris Bliss

It's cold and rainy in Washington DC today, but the heat is definitely on!

The winner of the Solar Decathlon will be named tomorrow (Friday) at 8 am EST. It's turned into a real nailbiter with only a few points separating the top four teams. Team California is currently in second place, but anything could happen with tomorrow's announcement of the engineering contest (100 points) and the net metering contest (150 points).

The Today Show will be on hand tomorrow to tape a segment on smart homes that will run the second week of November. We will keep you posted on air date and time.

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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 by Grace Lee

Oakland campus
Saturday, October 17

Come and help design an organic garden on the Oakland campus. For full event details see the Event Calendar.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Today students on Team California take a break from giving house tours. In this photo, Annessa Mattson and Kyle Belcher discuss the house pre-tour with with American Institute of Architects (AIA) President-Elect George Miller. And speaking of tours, Solar Decathlon Director Richard King states that through the end of last weekend, about 40,000 visitors had toured the 20 homes on display at the National Mall. The Refract House has attracted lot of that activity; according to Kyle Belcher, about 8000 people have passed through!

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Team California maintained its first place status with a decisive win in the communications contest today. The team received kudos for its website and other communications vehicles. The jury also praised the house tours--and with 500 people per hour going through Refract House this is a tremendous effort!

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Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Team California took the lead in the Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the architecture contest with a score of 98 out of a possible 100, beating out powerhouses such as Team Germany, the 2007 winner of the Solar Decathlon, and Rice University.

Members of the media are currently swarming Refract House, with reporters from the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times interviewing Team California members. Project Manager Kyle Belcher, BArch 2009, will be on NPR's "All Things Considered" today, October 12, at 4:20 EST.

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Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Can't travel to Washington D.C. for the Solar Decathlon? You can see all the entries on a virtual tour posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon website. The tour of Team California's house features an interview with CCA architecture student Annessa Mattson.

While you're on the Solar Decathlon website be sure to vote for Team California for the People's Choice Award. Text HOUSE31 to 99503.

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Posted on Friday, October 9, 2009 by Chris Bliss

60 Minutes producers chose Team California's Refract House as the location for an interview with Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Correspondent Leslie Stahl was on hand to interview the secretary about the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The segment will air on a date to be determined.

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Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2009 by Chris Bliss

CCA architecture students are now on the National Mall in Washington, DC participating in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. They are pictured above with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Twenty university-led teams from around the world compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, functional, and energy-efficient solar-powered home.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 by Grace Lee

Congratulations to Robyn Waxman, recent CCA Graduate Design Alumni, for winning first place in the Student Social Responsibility category of the AIGA (Re)DesignAwards - a design competition looking to recognize the best of the best in sustainable graphic design around the world - for the FARM tabloid, her graduate thesis paper.

The Future Action Reclamation Mob (FARM) is an alternative form of non-violent protest, reclaiming public space to build community, providing services for underserved and transient populations and/or rehabilitating toxic land.

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