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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 24, 2009
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Team, solar home leaving for Washington, D.C. for international competition
The public will have one last chance to wish TEAM BeauSoleil good luck on Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 a.m. in front of Martin Hall on campus. The team of architecture and engineering students are heading for Washington, D.C. for the 2009 International Solar Decathlon.
Louisiana BeauSoleil Solar Home
Team BeauSoleil (www.beausoleilhome.org) is the UL Lafayette team that was selected as one of only 20 teams from around the world to participate in this international design and build competition.

The Louisiana BeauSoleil Home features key elements of Louisiana's rich culture, including its world-famous Cajun cooking. At the same time, it represents an architectural heritage that developed after Acadians, who were exiled from Nova Scotia by the British in the 1700s, settled in south Louisiana. The result is a simple, modest, but highly functional 800-square-foot structure.

The home design incorporates several aspects of early Cajun cottages. For example, it emphasizes wide exterior porches for social interaction and casual entertaining, as well as movable exterior doors in the '”dog-trot” that make access to the outside easy. The home also has a large kitchen that is the cultural center of the home. Good conversation and great food, important elements of Louisiana's culture, flow naturally from this functional space.

This structure accommodates Louisiana’s sometimes-challenging climate. Long, hot summers are the norm, so the BeauSoleil home takes advantage of natural breezes and utilizes several dual-purpose shutters, while collecting its own water and generating more energy than it uses.

And when conditions get tough during the hurricane season, as they did in 2005 when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated parts of south Louisiana, the BeauSoleil home can withstand high winds. The structure can also be elevated to provide housing in areas vulnerable to flooding.

The Solar Decathlon pits teams of university students in 10 contests to design, build, and operate an effective and energy-efficient solar powered house. Teams are joining organizers and sponsors in Washington, D.C., to assemble a "solar village" on the National Mall. (www.solardecathlon.org)


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It ’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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