Mission: Create a More Sustainable Future

Solar Decathlon logoWashington University in St. Louis is one of 12 collegiate teams selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. The competition will be held in Denver, Colorado, in the fall of 2017.

Team WashU is a diverse group of students, faculty and industry partners with expertise in architecture, engineering, design, innovative materials, and public health. Participants will design and build a 800-square foot, 100-percent solar-powered house to demonstrate sustainability and resilience. Students will see their innovative ideas evolve from initial concept to completed construction.

This will be Washington University’s first entry into the Solar Decathlon. Hongxi Yin, PhD, a certified expert on green community development and the site operations manager for the 2013 Solar Decathlon China, will lead the team. After the competition the house will be shipped back to Washington University for permanent installation on campus, south of Givens Hall.

The design will focus on adaptability, supporting a range of potential users while providing a highly flexible and dynamic building envelope. A test-bed for technological advances in architectural design and construction, our entry will be a showcase, market-ready home demonstrating market appeal, efficiency and climate resilience.

The ultimate goal is to demonstrate innovative designs and solutions that positively impact the building industry, develop the next generation of architects and engineers, and improve humanity’s connection with our planet.

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