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It’s no surprise that many of the top-notch students who have participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon go on to have successful careers in architecture and engineering. Some become collegiate professors, software engineers, analysts, energy consultants, and much more. We even have a newly elected official among our ranks—Chris Kennedy of the University of Colorado Boulder 2002’s first-place team—who won Colorado’s 23rd ... [continue reading]

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DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

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New Case Study: Arizona Leverages Industry Standards to Improve Home Performance Program

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Measuring Efficiency

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