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Kiwis begin to assemble bach in Washington

Sep 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

GROUND UP: The First Light team unloads its building in Washington. PHOTO: Supplied

THE KIWI First Light House team has begun building its bach in Washington’s West Potomac Park.

Teams have six and a half days to assemble their houses in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition.

The New Zealand team is up against entries from the US, Canada, China and Belgium.

Project leader, Nick Officer from Victoria University says he can’t wait to see all the houses up.

” I think we are as prepared as we can be,” he says.

“The practice run in Wellington is going to give us a big advantage.”

The bach was originally erected and displayed in Wellington’s Frank Kitts Park and open to the public, attracting more than 20,000 people.

The house was shipped to Washington but had an unscheduled stopover in Los Angeles due to a hurricane on the eastern seaboard of America.

Once the houses are built, 10 contests will be used to judge them on cost-effectiveness, energy-efficiency and attractiveness.

The competition is held in the National Mall’s West Potomac Park where the houses will be displayed for the public on September 23.

The winner of the competition will be announced on October 1.


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