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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held on the National Mall, but it will be about a mile further from the Great Lawn location near the Smithsonian Institution museums where it has been held in recent years.
The biennial event, which began in 2002, is being relocated by the DOE because of concerns that large public events in recent years have damaged the mall.
This year’s Solar Decathlon will take place at West Potomac Park, along the banks of the Potomac River between the Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials and adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
The opening ceremonies are set for Sept. 22 and the Solar Village will be open to the public from Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 2.
NAHB is a contributing sponsor of the decathlon.
Representatives from nearly all of the 20 teams that will be participating in the decathlon attended the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in January to unveil model versions of their homes and showcase their accomplishments in anticipation of the competition.
Teams came to the IBS from across the U.S. and as far away as New Zealand.
A number of institutions that support the event — including NAHB, the American Institute of Architecture Students and many of the universities represented in this year’s decathlon — had petitioned the Department of Energy to keep the event at its original location.
To see a preliminary layout of the National Mall’s West Potomac Park site, click here.
For more information, e-mail Blake Smith at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8583.