Sales and installation experts from Pella shared their time and expertise with students from Clemson University, University of Buffalo and The State University of New York who are building solar-powered houses for the seventh U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which opened today at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. The company also donated energy-efficient doors and windows to the projects.

“Our Solar Decathlon sponsorship is an important opportunity for Pella to showcase our local teams across the country and their knowledge about the impact energy efficient products can have on a home in a very tangible, practical way,” said Elaine Sagers, vice president of marketing for Pella. “The Solar Decathlon houses are excellent examples of how great design can merge with the increasing need for sustainability in a seamless way.”

Building their Indigo Pine home, students from Clemson University met with staff from Pella branch offices in Clemson, S.C., and Santa Ana, Calif., who offered insights into types of materials and glass to use for both their test model on campus and the final home built in Irvine. The Indigo Pine home features 250 Series windows and Pella fiberglass doors.

The GRoW Home team from the University of Buffalo and The State University of New York collaborated with Pella of Buffalo staff. Their GRoW Home includes Architect Series triple-glazed high-performance windows and a single-hinged French door.

This is Pella’s second time as a sponsor and presenter at the Solar Decathlon. Pella will also educate hundreds of California middle school students during the Education Days events on Oct. 15 and 16 about the importance of Energy Star labels on products and share ideas on how to save energy at home.

The Solar Decathlon will be on display from October 8 to 11 and October 15 to 18.

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