Gustave A. Larson donates products to help Solar Decathlon team succeed.

PEWAUKEE, Wis. - HVAC wholesaler the Gustave A. Larson Co. is supporting the University of Colorado's 2005 Solar Decathlon team.

The company has partnered with Mitsubishi to supply the team with a Mitsubishi MXZ30 multizone outdoor heat pump and two MSH09 wall-hung units to provide whole-house heating and cooling.

The decathlon brings 18 college and university teams from around the world to design and build houses that demonstrate the advantages of solar energy. Teams will transport their houses to Washington, D.C., where they will construct a "solar village" on the National Mall.

The teams are judged in 10 contests that range from architecture to livability and comfort, to how well the homes provide energy for space heating and cooling, hot water, light, and appliances. Each solar house must also power an electric car.

The University of Colorado-Boulder's Architecture and Planning, and Engineered and Applied Science schools are defending their 2002 title. They have developed a new building system from curbside wastepaper and soy for the competition.

The Oct. 6-15 Solar Decathlon is co-sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, American Institute of Architects and retailer Home Depot.