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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.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.