Chapter is a Sponsor of Solar Decathlon Entry

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CSI Metro New York Chapter continues its support the Stevens Institute of Technology on its Solar Decathlon project.  The house is complete, and is now on its way across the country to Irvine, California, where it will be on display with the other entries in the U.S Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2013. In the photo on the left Jeff Matles, Ruma Som, and Bill DuBois represent the Chapter at the opening of the house held in August.
Special thanks to Academic Programs Committee Chair Ruma Som and to members Bill DuBois, Linton Stables, Jerry Mills, Cliff Marvin, Anthony Drummond, Susan Kaplan, and Immediate Past President Jeff Matles for being actively involved with this program and for all the time they have devoted to this project. Thanks to Linton Stables for leading the technical team that reviewed and wrote the Project Manual for Steven’s Institute entry. The Chapter contributed $5,000 toward the project, and is a recognized sponsor.

The following Chapter memebrs have provided material and support and deserve thanks, as well:
1. David Duran, NE Regional Pro-Account Representative for Behr Paint Manufacturing.
2. Scott Tobias, Senior Director of Architectural Development for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions and the following subsidiaries: Ceco Hollow Metal Doors & Frames; Graham Wood Doors; Yale Locks and Closers; Rockwood Stops and Pulls; Pemko Weatherseals and Thresholds.
3. Roy Rodreguez, Principal of C & E Services, providing support for hardware installation.
4. Janet Vokes,  Regional Manager for Grohe America*.
5. Jerry Mills, Territory Manager for ASI Group*.
* These companies offered to donate products but Stevens Institute had already procured the material.

Ecohabit is the 2013 innovative home entry of the Steven Institute, which incorporates the latest technology, research, and “Smart House” principles to demonstrate that solar power is an affordable, viable, and reliable home energy source. It does so by automating energy systems with powerful software, while also placing full control of these systems squarely with the occupants. CSI Metro New York is a sponsor of this project.
The Solar Decathlon competition, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy every 2 years:

  • Involves 20 university teams from around the globe.
  • Objective: design, build, & operate the most energy-efficient solar-powered home within prescribed cost limits.
  • Teams will display houses in Irvine, California, in October 2013.
  • The Solar Decathlon will be a part of the Orange County Great Park’s XPO, a world’s fair of clean, renewable and efficient energy.
  • For more information on the Decathlon, visit
This home will adapt to living patterns, activities, and family sizes. It will collect weather forecasts and automatically adjust heat, cooling and humidity. It will be easy to maintain: all plumbing, heating, and mechanical systems are combined in one small area. It is attractive: natural light enters windows year-round, yet the home’s walls seal in heat at night and in winter. And it can be controlled by all house users from a single tablet application.
The Stevens Solar Decathlon team brings together a cross-disciplinary group of students with expertise in design, engineering, architecture, art, and computer science. Ecohabit supports the educational enrichment of students in the areas of sustainability, innovation, and green technology – this unique training prepares students to advance our nation’s clean-energy workforce. You can learn more about the Stevens Institute entry in the Solar Decathlon competition.
The Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI is an Innovator's Circle Sponsor of Ecohabit, a level that gives the Chapter and CSI a prominent place in the project's advertizing and promotional materials. After the Soalr Decathlon public display in Irvine the home will be presented to a disabled Veteran in the San Diego.
The following photographs were taken at the public opening of the home on the campus of Stevens Institute in August, prior to being disassembled for transport to the West Coast.