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Middlebury College students design, build solar home for national competition

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Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



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MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE SOLAR Decathlon team manager Cordelia Newbury explains to a visitor at an open house Saturday the layout of the house. The team on Saturday unveiled “InSite,” the energy-efficient house they designed to take part in the highly selective 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Independent photo/Luke Whelan

MIDDLBURY — On Saturday afternoon in a lot adjacent to the Middlebury College Recycling Center, recent Middlebury graduate Cordelia Newbury led a group of students and townspeople into the poshly decorated central living space of a brand new, solar-powered house.

First, she pointed out the exposed steel frame that ran the length of the floor, wall and ceiling, which she called the house’s “rib cage.” On top of this rested the “skin” — reclaimed wood siding from a local, 150-year-old barn.

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