With the help of Cooper B-Line, a team from the University of Texas at Austin participated in finals of the 2002 Solar Decathlon, an event where students compete to design, build, and operate the most effective and efficient solar-powered home. Last fall 14 teams representing universities participated in Washington, D.C. to establish a village of self-sustaining houses powered by solar energy.

Cooper B-Line supplied the team with steel strut for the home. The team used the strut as the metal framing for the home, which made quick assembly and disassembly possible while also providing a built-in wiring conduit, creating a pre-wired module system.