Solar Decathlon 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a biannual competition of 20 university teams from around the globe competing to design, build and operate the most energy-efficient solar home within budget and building limits. In 2015, Stevens Institute of Technology will compete in its third consecutive Solar Decathlon.

Stevens’ participation in Solar Decathlon 2015 follows impressive performances in 2013 and 2011. In 2013, Stevens finished second in the United States and fourth globally with Ecohabit, a “smart house” that now serves as a net-zero veterans center on the California State University San Marcos campus. In 2011, Stevens joined with the New School University and Habitat for Humanity Washington, D.C. to create Empowerhouse, which won awards for affordability and hot water, and is now home to a working mother of three in an inner-city neighborhood.

For Solar Decathlon 2015, the Stevens student team, supported by faculty advisors, will design and build the SURE HOUSE — a sustainable, resilient home for coastal communities. The design, construction and testing of Stevens’ 2015 competition house is driven by the disastrous events of Hurricane Sandy, which underscored the critical need for homes that can withstand the impact of extreme weather events in vulnerable areas along the East Coast, especially the New Jersey and New York shorelines which are some of the most densely populated areas in the country. Designed to meet the needs of the year-round residents who live in this region, the SURE HOUSE design represents a revolutionary model for coastal communities.

Over the next year and a half, Stevens students with expertise in engineering, energy efficiency, architecture, business, communications, management, and computer science will create this net-zero, solar-powered home on the Stevens campus. SURE HOUSE will ultimately be disassembled, transported to the competition site in Irvine, California, reassembled and exhibited by the Stevens student team for the duration of the Solar Decathlon competition and exhibition in Fall 2015. After the competition, the house will find its resting site in a shore community along the East Coast.

To track the progress of the SURE HOUSE, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or check out our website at surehouse.org. Email inquiries can be sent directly to Ed May, SURE HOUSE project manager.