Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken, N.J., took first place in both highly competitive Architecture and Communications Contests at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015.
Stevens’ SURE HOUSE is a sustainable and resilient house for shore residents vulnerable to extreme weather conditions that could cause flooding and blackouts.
For the Architecture Contest, collegiate students from around the world were judged on the design and construction of attractive, high-performance houses that integrate renewable energy systems and energy-efficient technologies. The Communications Contest rated each team’s effectiveness in communicating the features of their house and the students’ experiences during this project to jurors and the public through a variety of media including websites, audiovisual presentations, displays and tours.
“We’re excited to present both these prestigious awards that represent the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon’s top honors for architecture and communications to the Stevens Institute of Technology,” said Richard King, the program’s director. “The Solar Decathlon prepares students all across the country with the skills and knowledge they need to design energy-efficient buildings that cut carbon pollution and help mitigate climate change.”
The Solar Decathlon involves 10 contests – each worth 100 points – that evaluate affordability, market appeal, architecture, engineering, communications, comfort, appliances, and the level of energy produced versus energy consumed, among other competition aspects. Each contest is worth 100 points – for a possible total of 1,000 points.
Stevens Institute of Technology earned 96 points to win the Architecture Contest.
“The Stevens design stacks up very favorably against many homes designed by seasoned architectural teams, and in fact outstrips the vast majority of U.S. houses when it comes to energy performance,” said Architecture Contest juror Ann Edminster, a leading international expert on green homes and chair of the Green Building Task Force for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America. “The love of community that drove this design inspired a highly effective collaboration, in turn giving rise to an exceptionally well-integrated final product that will benefit both the occupants and their larger community.”