Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stevens Wins Top Prize at 2015 Solar Decathlon

This year's Solar Decathlon saw Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ take top honors by designing a home that could withstand another Superstorm Sandy. After watching the video below two thoughts came to mind.

First, why couldn't this be built in a modular home factory and second, this house is designed to only be raised one foot off the ground and local code enforcement in NJ would find 10,000 reasons why it has to be raised 10 feet off the ground.


By Carol Laurie

Stevens Institute of Technology won top honors overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar powered house.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, took second place followed by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in third place.
Stevens’ win comes as no surprise to followers of the competition, as the team took first place in four of five juried contests and maintained the lead position in the competition over the last several days. Stevens Institute of Technology previously competed in Solar Decathlon 2011 and Solar Decathlon 2013.


John said...

I wonder if there were any modular homes as part of this completion? It would be nice to know it here were and how they finished.

Sonnenbrille said...

I didn't know fiberboard had become magically water repellent

Unknown said...

Hi John, Yes - there were modular homes included in the competition. Excel Homes of Liverpool, PA worked with the team from Western New England University (called Mass/Central America on the website). We worked closely with the students, and the home was shipped to Irvine, CA in mid September. This project was brought to us by Brian Young of Fuller Building Systems, and we were happy and proud to work with this team of talented and dedicated students and teachers.