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Stevens' Hurricane-Resilient SU+RE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

Stevens' Hurricane-Resilient SU+RE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015
Stevens' Hurricane-Resilient SU+RE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015, © Thomas Kelsey / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
© Thomas Kelsey / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

A student-led team from Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in New Jersey has won the 2015 Solar Decathlon with a “Coastal Home of the Future" - the SU+RE House. Affordable, net-zero, and entirely solar-powered, the home was inspired by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. It hopes to serve as a prototype for coastal homes.

"SU+RE HOUSE powers itself with clean solar power, and uses 90 percent less energy than its conventional cousins," says the winning team. "In the aftermath of a storm, SU+RE HOUSE can become a hub of emergency power for surrounding neighborhoods."

© SIT
© SIT

Made from fiber-composite materials repurposed from the nautical industry, the "armored" home features easily deployable, bi-folding "store shutters" that protects from intense storms, harvests sunlight and provides shading.  

"SU+RE HOUSE achieved a total score of 950.685 and outshined more than a dozen other student teams from universities around the world, ranking highest in architecture, market appeal, communications, appliances, engineering, commuting and home life. It also received a high score in the comfort zone contest where it was awarded second place. SU+RE HOUSE marks Stevens’ third, consecutive entry in the prestigious competition since 2011," stated SIT.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Stevens' Hurricane-Resilient SU+RE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015" 20 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/775726/stevens-hurricane-resilient-su-plus-re-house-wins-solar-decathlon-2015/> ISSN 0719-8884
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