Solar Decathlon recap:
October began with the biennial 2013 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. SGW got to catch all of the action while donating 900 square feet of our Tacoma Light synthetic grass to Site Design Studio Inc.
Student teams from universities around the world met at The Great Park in Irvine, Calif. October 3rd through the 13th to showcase each team’s self-made sustainable energy house. Every home was equipped with true innovative features like geopolymer concrete walls–concert walls that, when created, reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent–and photovoltaic shading—a method based on the creation of electrical currents upon exposure to light that can generate electrical power.
Also featured as a sustainable landscape product that reduces carbon emissions, SGW synthetic grass can also save up to 55 gallons of water per square yard in one year! So forget lawn mowers, watering and toxic pesticides and decorate your sustainable home with synthetic grass!
Out of the 20 teams, Team Austria from Vienna University took home the grand prize for their excellent blend of optimal energy production and efficiency, consumer appeal, design and affordability for their LISI house.
University of North Carolina’s UrbanEden home, designed as an urban infill project, received first for people’s choice and featured a variety of sustainable aspects, as well.
Renewable energy is constant source of inspiration for Synthetic Grass Warehouse as we continue to take a stand for water-saving techniques. Between electric bikes, solar panels and seminars about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, SGW was there to absorb the information while showing the public how our products can save tons of water. We strive to feature not only the most innovative products in the synthetic grass industry, but also the most sustainable products. By educating ourselves about the benefits of sustainable energy, we only improve our product development so lawns and parks across America can save one of our most precious resources: water.