ARCOM to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 for Third Consecutive Competition Year

ARCOM to Donate MasterSpec Library and LEED Requirements Resource to Collegiate Design Teams for Next Year's Program

Salt Lake City, Utah (August 15, 2012) — ARCOM has announced its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

ARCOM, a Solar Decathlon sponsor since 2009, has been a long-time supporter of schools of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and other construction-related programs by donating MasterSpec licenses and Masterworks software for teaching purposes.

“ARCOM is excited to again support and help sponsor the Solar Decathlon Competition,” said ARCOM Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Angelica Matinkhah. “We were first asked in 2009 when the then Solar Decathlon Competition Manager at the National Renewable Energy Lab recognized, after an independent evaluation, that MasterSpec Small Project was the right specification product for the university design teams. We support the Solar Decathlon’s goal of educating the next generation of architects and engineers, and we commend the unique training that the competition's participants gain to help them enter our nation’s clean energy workforce.”

ARCOM, a pioneer of master guide specification systems supporting sustainable design, provides green building and LEED information in MasterSpec specification text and in the companion supporting documents of technical background information that accompany each section. For the 2013 Solar Decathlon, ARCOM will donate copies of the MasterSpec Small Project master specification library and its popular Specifying LEED Requirements Resource to the design teams.

“The Solar Decathlon depends on the valuable support of our many sponsors,” said Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. “ARCOM's sponsorship helps ensure that the Solar Decathlon provides a rich learning experience for the student decathletes.”

The Solar Decathlon enables visitors to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. Open to the public and free of charge from October 3-13, 2013, the competition houses will be on display for visitors at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.

The winner of the Decathlon is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. For more information about Solar Decathlon 2013, visit