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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Team NJ Solar Decathlon House Is Winner: See for Yourself 7/26 at NJIT

WHAT: We’re topping-off ENJOY: A Generation House, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2011 entry from Team New Jersey, a collaborative effort of Rutgers, The State University (RU) of New Jersey and NJIT.  Student-led tours of the almost-completed house will be available coupled with a panel discussion. Support for the project has been provided by more than $600,000 in private funding from NJ companies including PSEG Foundation, SKANSKA USA and Northeast Precast LLC plus $100,000 grant from the US Department of Energy.  The house is designed around a central core containing integrated systems. It is the first house in the competition's history to use precast concrete panels as the primary construction material. The beach-inspired house features an inverted-hip roof design for rainwater collection to support irrigation and grey water systems, an 8.2kW photovoltaic system that will allow the house to be completely powered by the sun and the application of universal design principles, to allow access to people of all ages and levels of mobility. Read more at www.solarteamnewjersey.com or www.facebook.com/ENJOYNewJersey.

WHEN: Tuesday,  July 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. House tours available from 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or by appointment. Remarks and panel discussion from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.    

WHERE: Parking lot where the house is being built near Colton, Warren streets.

HOW: Contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436 sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu or Kristine Choi, Team New Jersey Media Relations coordinator (201) 937-2251 kchoi716@gmail.com  

WHO: Team NJ has mushroomed into a cast of many. Notables include: NJIT assistant professor Richard Garber and Team New Jersey Faculty Leader, who oversaw the house design; RU professor of urban planning and Team New Jersey faculty leader Clinton Andrews; Jennifer Switala, NJIT student leader of Team NJ; and Melanie Davidson, RU student leader of Team NJ.

BACKGROUND: In September, the house will be de-constructed, loaded onto trucks, and shipped to the competition site on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Upon arrival, the team will aim for a two-day reconstruction timeline before adding finishing touches. Once completed, the house will be ready to accommodate the thousands of visitors who will be touring the house during public display hours from Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, 2011.

Contact: Sheryl Weinstein, director, public relations, Sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu, 973-596-3436; Carolyn Worstell, cworstel@rutgers.edu, 908-295-2055.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.