A team of UC Davis students are tackling the California drought through innovative housing design with their entry for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon.
The design focuses on cutting typical residential water use in half while maintaining the same level of comfort at an affordable price.
Held every two years, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. National teams will compete in Denver, Colorado in October 2017. The winning team best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
Design plans are due to the competition this month, with construction scheduled to begin in January on a field beside the UC Davis West Village community.