UNLV was chosen as one of just 16 university teams from across the world to compete in the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy contest, the Solar Decathlon. This annual contest is aimed at challenging students to design, build and operate homes that are energy-efficient, innovative, and affordable. The UNLV team hopes to build on it’s 2013 Solar Decathlon showing, finishing second overall and first among American university teams.
The 2017 Renewably Powered Entry
The 964 square-foot home that will be the UNLV team’s entry in the 2017 competition will be designed to help residents age-in-place. This home will feature both health and medicine emerging technologies as a unique feature in the innovative architecture. These smart technologies will combine home and health systems allowing disabled adults and older adults to maintain their independence longer, allowing them to stay in their home as opposed to institutionalized care that may otherwise be a necessity.
About the Solar Decathlon
The competitors consist of 20 collegiate teams from around the world. Each team spends almost two full years designing and building energy-efficient homes powered by the sun. The final leg of the competition puts each team and their respective homes head to head in 10 contests to determine an overall winner. Areas of focus for scoring include: architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, affordability, comfort zone, appliances, home life, commuting, and energy balance. All teams and structures must adhere to a strict set of rules and building codes set forth by the U.S. Department of Energy.