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Ongoing programs span at least three colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Architectural and Planning, and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The colleges also have a proven track record of cooperation in these activities through cross-listed courses and reciprocal instruction for students in the different colleges.

College of Engineering and Applied Science
The Solar Decathlon activities are centered in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) within the College. The Department has two unique programs that are particularly relevant to the Solar Decathlon. At the undergraduate level, the Department offers a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering (AREN) that is one of only thirteen accredited programs in the country. The AREN degree integrates architecture coursework, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and construction management into a comprehensive and applied program with a focus on building engineering.

The department also offers a Building Systems Program at the graduate level that leads to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The program attracts a diverse student population with backgrounds in mechanical, architectural, or electrical engineering, as well as non-engineering disciplines. Graduate level courses include thermal analysis of buildings, design and simulation of building HVAC systems, building control systems analysis, building energy conservation analysis, and advanced solar system design and analysis. Faculty and student research activities include a close relationship with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and significant research programs related to the activities of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Solar Decathlon Green Building Design Course
This course will attempt to address a broad array of topics in the sustainable design arena, including general strategies and guidelines for green building design. It will focus on issues of engineering design based on rigorous analysis and system optimization as it relates to energy and environmental impact. The course will focus on the design of a zero-energy building for entry in the Solar Decathlon, a DOE-sponsored competition among University student teams to design and build a small home office building powered solely by solar energy. [course web site]

College of Architecture and Planning
Solar Decathlon Environmental Architecture Studio
An architectural studio class responsible for designing the architectural elements of the Solar Decathlon house. Students will collaborate with engineering teams (from the engineering Green Building Class) throughout the design process.