Wellington, NZ, sent a green house to the White House .. and came 3rd!

Meridian teamed up with Victoria University (Wellington NZ) to help send a solar-powered house to Washington, DC to compete in the  US 2011 Solar Decathlon and won third place – congrats to all involved. (See more here)

New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) took first place today in the Engineering Contest during the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. (read more here)

As the only entry (ever!) from the Southern Hemisphere,  this invitation  to Victoria to be one of  the 20 universities invited to compete was e a nod to the quality of the eco work they, and New Zealand generally, are involved in.

The idea for their entry comes from the classic holiday home in NZ – called a bach … pronounced batch. This name is used all over NZ except in the deep south (Otago and Southland) where they use the old Scottish term ‘crib’.

The temporary solar village was near the White House in Washington, DC. See more details here

These photos were taken in Frank Kitts Park, Wellington, when the house was erected for us kiwis to see their work: well done everyone!

Author: Heather - the kiwi travel writer

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