UNLV's Solar Decathlon Team Creates Buzz

DesertSol public deck, facing west
DesertSol entry court
Jan. 16, 2013

A multi-disciplinary group of students and faculty representing the colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Business, and Communications at UNLV is currently hard at work on its entry in the U.S. Department of Engergy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon. One of 20 teams from around the world selected to compete, Team Las Vegas continues to make strides in the design and build of a sustainable, solar-powered zero-energy home.  

Preparations are underway to break ground on the home, named DesertSol, in the coming weeks. As the excitement grows, so does the buzz around the Las Vegas Valley. Local radio station KNPR recently welcomed mechanical engineering student and team captain and manager, Jinger Zeng, into its studio, along with architecture student and team morale officer, Christian Iusso, to talk about the project, while channel 13 Action News visited the UNLV campus for a glimpse at a section of the home currently on display in the School of Architecture. To hear Jinger and Christian’s interview on KNPR, click here; to see 13 Action News’ story, click here.

Click to learn more about Team Las Vegas, DesertSol, and how you can help with anything from building supplies to sponsorship.