LAS VEGAS —
DesertSol, UNLV’s multiple award-winning entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, is being placed today in its permanent home in the Springs Preserve Botanical Gardens by a coalition of local builders who plan to have the project complete by Jan. 31.
The process of preparing the foundation for the home began a few weeks ago and culminates with the lifting of DesertSol onto its new foundation by a 350-ton crane, the largest in Las Vegas, donated by Dielco Crane Service for the project.
Once the house has been placed on its foundation, fabrication of interior exhibits and exterior landscaping will commence. The DesertSol exhibit is set to open
to the public in mid-February, offering an up-close look at this sustainable solar-powered home.
Pardee Homes and Slater Hanifan Group are spearheading a team of volunteers that includes Inspirada Builders LLC (KB Home, Toll Brothers, Beazer Homes and Pardee), NV Energy, the City of Las Vegas and 40 subcontractors.
“The local home building industry salutes UNLV’s Team Las Vegas for not only designing and building an exceptional home, but for spreading the message of sustainability in home building on an international stage,” said Pardee Homes Southern Nevada President Klif Andrews.
Described as one of the finest examples of sustainable living on the planet, DesertSol was the top-ranked entry in the United States and took second place in the global competition. Team Las Vegas was the only U.S. team to place in the top three of the prestigious Solar Decathlon competition in Irvine, Calif. — From news release