Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Solar Decathlon Home Planned for Denver

The teams behind 13 solar-powered houses to be built near the Denver International Airport have eight months to figure out how to get their supplies to the city. But their designs are in and ready for everyone to see.

West Virginia "OASIS" Solar Home

When the 13 university finalists converge in Denver for the Solar Decathlon 2017, they will get about a week to convert their architectural designs into reality. The public event is Oct. 5 near Pena Station, where the new Panasonic facility is located.

“We’re actually popping up our own ‘village’ out there just for this event,” said Stacy Hunt, a spokeswoman for the event that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. That includes “team homes, tents for special events, food, sustainability expo,” she added.

This year will see two "Aging in Place" solar homes.

Here is a list of solar homes being planned for the Decathlon.

Are you a modular factory helping build these students build their solar home? If so, I would really like to follow the process from your vantage point and write a series of articles about the process.

CLICK HERE to visit the Solar Decathlon website and view all the entries.

The s u r v i v ( A L ) house from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Calhoun Community College. The heart of the home is a composite and steel “strong room” that is below the home’s subfloor to help protect residents during a tornado.

The Swiss Living Challenge house was co-designed by three schools: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Geneva University and the University of Fribourg. It uses laminated veneer lumber for flexibility. A productive envelope surface — including the walls and the roof— can produce solar electricity and help grow food.

The BEACH (Building Efficient, Affordable, and Comfortable Homes) House is from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College. It includes energy-neutral technology to perform in Florida’s hot, humid climate.

Team Las Vegas is from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The smart, energy-efficient home includes accessible features that would appeal to aging adults who need ease of access.

The reACT home is from the University of Maryland. It’s a prototype for a “house as a kit of parts” that separates the pieces of a house so they can be easily transported and assembled. There’s also a greenhouse roof and automated smart house data collection system.

SILO (Smart Innovative Living Oasis) is from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. It has a moveable green wall and water wall, radiant flooring and gray-water reclamation.

Selficient is from Team Netherlands, or the students of HU University of Applied Science Utrecht from the Netherlands. The modular structure stars as a two-dimensional piece that can be moved elsewhere without material waste.

The Wash U home, by a team from Washington University in St. Louis is being designed for two research scientists at Tyson Research Center. The home consists of a single precast ultra-high performance concrete as an alternative to traditional wood, light-frame construction.

OASIS from West Virginia University aims for purity, privacy and healthiness. It includes a water and air filtration system, courtyard and a green roof and green wall.

Washington State University designed a home fit for a tiny-house community that shares amenities. It combines machine learning, energy storage, smart grid connectivity, and heat recovery to find efficiencies and reduce energy consumption. The decking is made from recycled wind turbine blades.

Our H2Ouse (pronounced “Our House”) is from the University of California at Davis. The zero-energy-ready house offers a solution for California residents who are dealing with severe drought conditions. A feedback mechanism informs residents of community conservation efforts.

R I S☰ is the University of California at Berkeley’s and University of Denver’s stackable solution for urban infill. Shown is the bottom unit of a three-story model. The design allows for multiplication and integration into larger sets of units that fit into small, infill lots in urban areas.

House by Northwestern University targets baby boomers. With reconfigurable interiors and home-automation technology, the house is geared toward couples close to retirement whose children no longer live at home.

An article in the Denver Post

1 comment:

Stephen Stump said...

Our hats go off to all the students that have put a lot of work in these projects. We consulted a bit with the team from Embry Riddle. The team visited our facility and met with us a couple times to go over possibilities, limitations, etc.. and were quite professional in their approach. Not only are they pushing the limits on energy efficiency practicality, they are learning quite a bit about the modular factory way to build and the soft knowledge of project management and resource management. We wish all the teams good fortune. And...Go BEACH house.