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Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:59 pm
by garygid
I did not get to the Solar Decathlon today, but I intend to
go Tomorrow (Friday).

See some of you Saturday at the HTB in Santa Ana on 17th street.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:29 am
by JeremyW
I did get out there yesterday and saw all the houses. I have one very important piece of advice:

Wear good shoes. You will be doing A LOT of walking.

You will notice that the houses are built for the area of the school that designed them. Also, Europeans really like wood houses. Not sure I'd want such a design in southern California. My favorite was the Santa Clara house (which was tuned for our climate), or the Arizona state or U of Los Vegas house (after seeing ten houses and aching feet they all run together). A few of the desert houses use radiant ceiling cooling, basically like radiant floor heating but... above you with cold instead of hot water. :)

Also got to meet some big-wigs of Bosch. Enlightened them on the Rema J1772 cable overheating issue that they were not aware of.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:34 pm
by JasonA
Just so you guys know.. the place has been shut down due to high winds...

http://www.the-xpo.org/media/news-brief ... -high-wind

So let's check Sunday morning or Sat night..

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:51 pm
by richard
Got word from the Plug In America booth that they just reopened.
JasonA wrote:Just so you guys know.. the place has been shut down due to high winds...

http://www.the-xpo.org/media/news-brief ... -high-wind

So let's check Sunday morning or Sat night..

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:49 pm
by garygid
See the team scoring
http://www.solardecathlon.gov/scores.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Either nobody did well in Appliances, or these are just partial scores?

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:07 pm
by TomT
Winds? Did two of the three little piggys design these??? :lol:

JasonA wrote:Just so you guys know.. the place has been shut down due to high winds...

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:12 pm
by tbleakne
LA Times has nice summary of 8 ? (I only see 6) of the houses.

http://graphics.latimes.com/cheatsheet- ... decathlon/

The track system for SCI-Arc/Caltech sounds interesting.

The North Carolina team uses concrete made with 90% reduction in its carbon footprint. Curing of concrete generates 7% of world's carbon footprint. They use liquid cooling in the concrete walls - something I have contemplated doing for my house. Should help with TOU billing as well.

Middlebury house has very thick walls.

Main Solar Decathlon page has complete list.
http://www.solardecathlon.gov/teams.html

The Czech house has a charging station for an electric bicycle.

It sounds like I may not have enough energy to visit all the houses. Jeremy liked Santa Clara. Any more votes for top 6-8 houses ?

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:25 pm
by Boomer23
garygid wrote:I did not get to the Solar Decathlon today, but I intend to
go Tomorrow (Friday).

See some of you Saturday at the HTB in Santa Ana on 17th street.
Planning to join you Saturday, Gary, if I can shake the allergic sneezing brought on by these infernal winds.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:22 pm
by garygid
The weather forecast for LA is 92 degrees for Saturday and Sunday,
with temperatures dropping substantially to about 68 on Wednesday.

So, I might just meet on Sunday, assuming that we are still going
to meet on such a hot day, and plan to go see everything next week.

Anyone else feel that bailing out on Sunday might be wise?

However, I intend to be at HTB by 8 AM tomorrow.
We will work on some Android app issues, and
I am bringing tape for Dori's gland. :D

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:20 pm
by tbleakne
Weather forecast for Irvine is predicting strong wind will be gone by Sunday morning.