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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. 

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

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 Smarthome.com, 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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Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
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Cornell University's SILO House Debuts at New York State Fair - 2009 Solar Decathlon Competitor Featuring Insteon Technology on Display in Syracuse, NY

September 1, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - The Cornell University Solar Decathlon entrant - Silo House - made its debut last week at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY. The 800 square-foot home, which features Insteon home automation technology controlling electrical and lighting applications, will be on display through Labor Day, before being shipped to Washington, DC for the contest in October along with the other 19 entries. 

The Solar Decathlon Contest is comprised of 20 University based teams, each given $100,000 to showcase the design, build and operation of a home completely powered by solar energy. The event is a decathlon in that judges reward points in 10 different categories.

"We chose to go with Insteon because it is very scalable, which meant we could count on it to adapt to a lot of technologies," said Jeremy Blum, Cornell University team member. "Compared to more industrial solutions, Insteon is very reasonably priced, meaning that it could be implemented in a consumer-aimed solar house. Part of the competition rates market viability, and having an easy-to-implement control system will be a big part of that."

"We're proud to have contributed to this project," stated Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing for Smarthome. "These students are pushing the envelope with regards to energy efficiency, renewable energy and solar technologies. We can only hope that their ideas and efforts support the ever-growing need for zero energy homes."

"Insteon devices allow us to save power by permitting the automation of lighting and electrical systems," added Blum, "this is naturally important in a solar power house; in addition, the actual devices consume very little power."

The Solar Decathlon was created by the U.S. Department of Energy to bring attention to one of the biggest challenges we face - an ever-increasing need for energy. As an internationally recognized event, the Solar Decathlon offers powerful solutions to using more efficiently and from renewable resources.

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

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 Smarthome.com, 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.

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

2009 Solar Decathlon Competitor Cornell University to Feature Insteon as Their Energy-Efficient Home Automation Solution

July 15, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc. announces that Cornell University has chosen Insteon® home automation technology as an integral piece of their home build in the 2009 Solar Decathlon at the National Mall in Washington, DC, fall of 2009.

The competition is comprised of twenty University based teams, each given $100,000 to showcase the design, build and operation of a home completely powered by solar energy. Insteon was selected by Dr. Bruce R. Land, Cornell University Faculty Advisor, who said they “recognized the Insteon family of products as the right technology to help automate and control our solar powered home…where responding to the environment and controlling the house accordingly is critical, Insteon provides a simple and reliable solution for helping meet our home control challenges.” Smarthome representative Steve Lee felt the competition will “show the complete depth of Insteon, by using it as a full communication protocol through the management of lighting, appliances, contact closures, thermostats and IR control. We are building a seamless integration of Insteon products with other home systems towards a common goal of total energy efficiency.” Realizing the potential energy savings and convenience home automation can provide, Cornell is looking to add other Insteon-compatible control systems.

Over the next year, Cornell’s team will work with Smarthome to build a power efficient, reliable, affordable and convenient solution. The partnership should provide an example of how the home of the future will use Insteon automation to effectively manage resources and save energy.

For more information:

http://www.solardecathlon.org/.

http://cusd.cornell.edu/cusd/web/index.php.

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

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 Smarthome.com, 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.

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com