www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Visiting
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2010

Governor Quinn Tours University of Illinois’ Decathlon Home on Eve of Earth Day
Award-Winning Solar Home Features Latest Energy-Efficient Technology

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN – April 21, 2010. On the eve of Earth Day, Governor Pat Quinn today visited the award-winning, solar-powered Gable Home on the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus. The university came in second in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon thanks to the home’s modern design and innovative energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

“The Gable Home represents the future of energy-efficient technology and home design,” said Governor Quinn. “The students who built this home are the best and brightest in their field, and they have made Illinois proud. I look forward to seeing what the team builds next year, and I wish them the best of luck.”

A team of UIUC students and faculty constructed the Gable Home using recycled, environmentally-friendly materials. The team used reclaimed barn siding, recycled grain silo walls, energy-efficient windows and doors, bamboo, and state-of-the-art solar panels on the roof.

Last October, the students traveled to the National Mall in Washington D.C. where the home competed against other collegiate projects from around the world in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition. The project came in second place overall and received special recognition for the appliances, hot water and home entertainment.

The university has been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon. Teams of college and university students from across the country and around the world will compete to design and build the most affordable, functional and attractive energy-efficient solar-powered house. The homes will feature energy-efficient construction and appliances.

Governor Quinn toured the Gable Home on the eve of the 40th annual celebration of Earth Day. Earlier this month, he proclaimed April 2010 “Earth Month” in Illinois. Governor Quinn serves as the chairman of the Great Lakes Commission, the Illinois River Coordinating Council and the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council. Governor Quinn has also signed numerous Executive Orders and statutes into law to ensure greater energy efficiency, use of renewable energy, and protection of Illinois’ land, air and water resources. For more information about Governor Quinn’s sustainability initiatives, please visit www.Green.Illinois.gov.

For more information about the Gable Home, please visit www.solardecathlon.uiuc.edu.



###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us