Solar Decathlon Wrap Up: Cornell University and the University of Arizona Showcase Smarthome Automation in Global Competition

Smarthome supported teams from Cornell University & the Univ. of Arizona in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. Both teams used Smarthome's Insteon technology to control lighting & appliances.


October 16, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - At a ceremony Friday in Washington, D.C., the Department of Energy announced its winners of the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The competition, in which student teams designed and built solar and energy efficient homes, was won by Team Germany. Smarthome supported teams from Cornell University and the University of Arizona, which placed 7th and 18th respectively. Both homes featured a variety of smart products, including Smarthome's award -winning Insteon home automation technology, to control appliances and lighting. 

During the last week, each of the 20 competing teams had their homes evaluated and judged in 10 different categories ranging from net energy metering to market viability. 

"We're extremely impressed by what Cornell and Arizona were able to accomplish," noted Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing for Smarthome. "We are certainly happy that both teams reached out to us for assistance. This reaffirms our goal to develop products that make life more convenient, and help people manage and save energy." 

Cornell University finished in the top 10 in scoring in five of the 10 categories, including a third place finish in "Communications" which challenges teams to communicate the technical aspects of the homes. The University of Arizona finished in the top 10 in scoring in three of the 10 categories, including a seventh place finished in "Architecture" where they were measured on architectural elements, holistic design and inspiration. 


About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit, or connect with Insteon on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.


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