Solar Decathlon 2017
ARCH Graduate and Undergraduate Option Studio Fall15
This studio comprises the participation of students in two competitions: the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017, and the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition 2016.
The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and rigorously designed. Each collegiate team spends two years creating a house to compete in the 10 contests of the Solar Decathlon. The winning team produces a house that:
Is affordable, engaging, and easy to live in
Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
Provides adequate hot water
Produces as much or more energy from solar than it consumes
The Solar Decathlon is a major commitment which requires an interdisciplinary team work and extensive coordination efforts. This two-year challenging initiative comprises the collaboration of several schools, departments and centers across the entire University such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management and Engineering among others; and also includes corporate and industrial partners outside of the academic realm.
The Solar Decathlon 2017 involves a series of studios and supporting courses focused on the design, construction, testing, transportation, assemblage and participation in the final contests of a built house. During Fall 2015 the studio included a combination of graduate and undergraduates students that focused on research and the elaboration of the concept design of a house to be further developed and implemented in subsequent studios and seminars throughout a two-year period.
Yin, Hongxi / Faculty Project Leader
Moyano Fernandez, Pablo / Faculty Project Designer
Michels, Tim / Faculty Building Systems Specialist
Henry, Chad / Financial Manager
Meyer, Debbie / Corporate Relations Specialist