The Norwich University Solar Decathlon 2013 team received the Byron Stafford Award of Distinction at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Victory Reception on October 12, reports the Energy Department. Presented by Solar Decathlon Director Richard King’s wife, Melissa.
The award is a tribute to Byron Stafford, who served as the event’s site operations manager from the first Solar Decathlon in 2002 until his death in May. A National Renewable Energy Laboratory senior scientist, Stafford was instrumental in formulating the competition rules and was dedicated to ensuring a safe competition and public exhibit.
In 2009, his team installed the first Solar Decathlon village microgrid to distribute energy safely and reliably among the competition houses and to the utility grid.
Norwich University Receives Byron Stafford Award of Distinction
Byron Stafford’s wife, Vivian, congratulates a Norwich University decathlete for the team’s receipt of the Byron Stafford Award of Distinction. | Photo credit: Melissa King | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Because of his amazing contributions to the Solar Decathlon, we remember Byron in words and deed. Tonight, I want to recognize a team of decathletes that personifies all of Byron’s greatest qualities. -Melissa King.
Melissa then announced Norwich University, creator of the Delta T-90 House, as the Solar Decathlon 2013 recipient of the Byron Stafford Award of Distinction for being “honest, caring, humble, intelligent, fair, reliable, steadfast, and genuine.”
Exterior of the house built by students from Norwich University to compete in Solar Decathlon 2013 in Irvine, California at the Orange County Great Park. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Norwich Team’s Market Strategy
The Delta T-90 House is attuned not only to the climactic demands of the Northeast but also to the financial demands of the population that lives there. The house is a cost-effective alternative to housing built before 1950, which often had inefficient systems and inadequate insulation.
It is designed for a family of three that makes near or below the median income and is intended to be produced in high quantities. It maximizes comfort, efficiency, and spaciousness through two bedrooms, an office space, and an open living space for lounging, cooking, and gathering—offering a model for affordable and sustainable living.
By Amber Archangel