Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Help Support EcoWatch

28 College Teams to Compete in Sustainable Home Design Challenge

28 College Teams to Compete in Sustainable Home Design Challenge

It's time for college students in the U.S. and Canada to show their sustainable homebuilding skills.

Twenty-eight teams are embarking on Golden, CO this weekend to take part in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Challenge Home Student Design Competition. Before a panel of industry experts gathered at the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the teams will present zero-energy ready home designs for the chance to win an award and recognition around North America.

The idea is for the DOE and NREL to help breed architects and engineers that focus on sustainability. Teams will be judged on design and construction packages, project plans and energy-saving strategies, according to an NREL statement.

A look inside the 960-square-foot, one-bedroom house a team from Rutgers University helped design for the Solar Decathlon in 2011. Rutgers is sending a team to Colorado this year for the Challenge Home Student Design Competition. Photo credit: Team NJ

"The competition will provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers and entrepreneurs with skills and experience that can support careers in the expanding field of energy efficiency and renewable energy," the statement reads.

Teams from the following colleges and universities will be participating in the competition:

  • Auburn University (Auburn, AL) – two teams
  • California State University - Fresno
  • California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo)
  • University of Colorado – Denver – two teams
  • Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago)
  • Illinois State University (Normal)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence)
  • Lake Superior College (Duluth, MN)
  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Onondaga Community College (Syracuse, NY)
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport) – two teams
  • Pennsylvania State University (State College)
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI)
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)Ryerson University (Toronto, ON) – two teams
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, NY)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  •  University of Toronto
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City)
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie)

Over the course of the three-day event, the students will also get to hear from industry leaders like Gene Myers, New Town Builders and  John McLinden, StreetScape Development LLC.

Since the DOE also operates the Solar Decathlon, that events off year serves as the award-year for the Challenge Home competition. 

Since 2008, the Builders Challenge program has recognized hundreds of leading builders for their achievements in energy efficiency, resulting in more than 14,000 energy efficient homes and millions of dollars in energy savings, according to the DOE.

——–

YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE

College Students From Around The World Embark on 2015 Solar Decathlon

Brad Pitt’s Foundation Embraces Green Building and Solar Energy

——–

This fall brings three new environmental movies. David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet | Official Trailer

This week marks the official start of fall, but longer nights and colder days can make it harder to spend time outdoors. Luckily, there are several inspiring environmental films that can be streamed at home.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice walk out and rally at the company's headquarters to demand that leaders take action on climate change in Seattle, Washington on Sept. 20, 2019. JASON REDMOND / AFP via Getty Images

The world's largest online retailer is making it slightly easier for customer to make eco-conscious choices.

Read More Show Less

Trending

Moms Clean Air Force members attend a press conference hosted by Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announcing legislation to ban chlorpyrifos on July 25, 2017. Moms Clean Air Force

The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a risk assessment for toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos Tuesday that downplayed its effects on children's brains and may be the first indication of how the administration's "secret science" policy could impact public health.

Read More Show Less
Evacuees wait to board a bus as they are evacuated by local and state government officials before the arrival of Hurricane Laura on August 26, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

By Maria Trimarchi and Sarah Gleim

If all the glaciers and ice caps on the planet melted, global sea level would rise by about 230 feet. That amount of water would flood nearly every coastal city around the world [source: U.S. Geological Survey]. Rising temperatures, melting arctic ice, drought, desertification and other catastrophic effects of climate change are not examples of future troubles — they are reality today. Climate change isn't just about the environment; its effects touch every part of our lives, from the stability of our governments and economies to our health and where we live.

Read More Show Less
In 'My Octopus Teacher,' Craig Foster becomes fascinated with an octopus and visits her for hundreds of days in a row. Netflix

In his latest documentary, My Octopus Teacher, free diver and filmmaker Craig Foster tells a unique story about his friendship and bond with an octopus in a kelp forest in Cape Town, South Africa. It's been labeled "the love story that we need right now" by The Cut.

Read More Show Less

Support Ecowatch