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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The men's basketball team claimed the national championship, and now U of L is entering an international competition. Students began construction to build the best solar-powered house in the world.
The student-faculty team qualified for the U.S Department of Energy's Solar Decathalon. They are designing and building the Phoenix House, a two-bedroom home for disaster relief.
It will produce more energy than it uses, and is very durable and affordable. The team chose the design in response to last spring's damaging tornadoes.
Kelsey King, Student Project Manager, said, "Seeing that this is a design that can go farther, a design that can go into an application that can help a family in need, I think is one of the greatest things you can ever be a part of."
The team is made up of students from U of L, UK, and Ball State. Students will construct the Phoenix House at U of L, then ship it to California to be reassembled this fall for the competition.