Ingersoll Rand-Sponsored UNC Charlotte Home Wins People’s Choice Award in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013

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Ingersoll Rand-Sponsored UNC Charlotte Home Wins People’s Choice Award in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013

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Congrats @UNCCSolarD on winning #SD2013 People's Choice Award! See innovative #netzero energy house here

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October 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, joins the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in congratulating the institution’s 2013 Solar Decathlon team on winning the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon event. Among the 19-home solar-powered neighborhood, the team’s net-zero energy UrbanEden home took top honors in public voting. In addition, it was honored with the award at the close of the two-week Solar Decathlon event at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

The team who envisioned, designed and constructed UrbanEden over a two-year period, also tied with Team Austria: Vienna University of Technology and the University of Nevada Las Vegas for third place in the Solar Decathlon engineering contest by representing the best of modern engineering. In this category, a jury of professional engineers evaluated the homes based on the functionality, efficiency, innovation and reliability of their engineering and HVAC systems.

“During the Solar Decathlon, hundreds of thousands of visitors witnessed outstanding innovation in residential energy efficiency solutions,” said Gary Michel, senior vice president, Ingersoll Rand and president, Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions. “Ingersoll Rand is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy and top universities to once again showcase the benefits of our popular home automation technology and learn from the brightest young minds in the fields of residential engineering and architecture.”

Ingersoll Rand provided the UNC Charlotte UrbanEden home with financial contributions, along with engineering support, and product donations, including the Nexia™ Home Intelligence platform. The company supported the overall U.S. Department of Energy event with a donation from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation and provided a fleet of Club Car zero-emission electric vehicles for use on-site. In addition to UNC Charlotte, the teams from West Virginia University and Arizona State University/The University of New Mexico used Ingersoll Rand’s Nexia Home Intelligence as their home’s automation hubs.

Available today, Nexia Home Intelligence is a home automation system that allows homeowners to manage their home’s security, locks, lights, thermostats and more, from a distance. The smart-home technology is completely wireless and can be managed via smart phones, tablets and computers from any location with internet access.

With the close of the 2013 Solar Decathlon, UrbanEden will be transported back to the UNC Charlotte campus and will be used as an educational and research facility.

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Keywords: Climate and the environment | Department of Energy | Gary Michel | Ingersoll Rand | Solar Decathlon | UNC Charlotte | UrbanEden | energy efficiency | home security | nexia | people's choice

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