​The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition of more than a dozen university teams from around the globe competing to design, build and operate the most energy-efficient solar home within budget and building limits.

Stevens Named 2015 Solar Decathlon Winner

In 2015, Stevens Institute of Technology was named the winner of the Solar Decathlon after 10 days of rigorous competition at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, beating out schools from the U.S., Germany, Italy and Panama, for the overall design, construction and sustainable operation of the SURE HOUSE, a sustainable, resilient prototype for building in coastal communities.

Guided by expert faculty, the multi-disciplinary Stevens team, comprised of students with knowledge in engineering, energy efficiency, architecture, business, communications, management and computer science, were inspired by the disastrous events of Hurricane Sandy to create a net-zero energy home resilient enough to withstand hurricane-force winds and flooding in vulnerable areas along the coast.