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University to demonstrate solar house innovations at Capitol Hill tech policy exhibition


   

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BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 25, 2010 – Virginia Tech has been invited to demonstrate innovations developed for the university's solar house entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, at the 13th Annual Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Kickoff Technology Policy on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Team members Joseph Wheeler, associate professor of architecture; Robert Dunay, the T. A. Carter Professor of Architecture; Robert Schubert, associate dean for research in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; Denis Gracanin, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering; and alumnae Allison Ransom of McLean, Va., who received a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2009 will attend the exhibition slated to be held in Room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Virginia Tech Lumenhaus is a solar-powered, 800-sqaure-foot dwelling that will be competing in the first European Solar Decathlon in Madrid, Spain, in June. The Caucus Advisory Committee Kickoff Technology Policy Exhibition, now the largest and longest running event on Capitol Hill, highlights key issues that will impact policy-making in Congress. Hands-on demonstrations of the latest technologies in energy efficiency, authentication and verification, digital content, parental controls, disaster response, consumer electronics, and more help illuminate debates and possible solutions.

Dunay, Wheeler, and Schubert will be demonstrating the iPhone application the Lumenhaus team developed to control the systems in the house and other features.

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee is a diverse group of public interest, non-profit, and industry groups working to educate Congress and the public about important policy issues. Find more information on the exhibition online.