Etho House (SDC 2013)

China’s Solar Decathlon presented a different set of challenges than those faced by students working inside the U.S. To achieve the proper perspective, members of the UIUC team traveled to China several times for observation and planning.

The international team hopes that this house will increase public awareness for solar technology and promote low-carbon development.

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Re_Home (SD 2011)

The main focus of the project is to design high-quality house that can be quickly mobilized for emergencies. The home is very much a plug-and-play operation, providing all the creature comforts of a regular home, but without the environmental impact. The home's modernist bend is fun, but not too radical, making it a viable design for many neighborhoods. But best of all, the team was able to keep the price under $250k which, for a house that probably will never see an energy bill, is a great deal.

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Gable Home (SD 2009)

The Illinois team’s highly insulated, 800-square-foot house borrows its design from a familiar Midwestern architectural vernacular and is constructed largely from recycled, reclaimed wood and engineered bamboo and is outfitted with a rooftop array of solar panels. The house was designed to meet Passive House standards set by the Passive House Institute US.

The Illinois team won first place in three competition categories: hot water, appliances, and home entertainment. It also won second place in lighting design, comfort, and net metering.

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Element House (SD 2007)

"The Element House was designed and built by a collaborative team of architecture, engineering, and industrial design students to compete in the U.S. Dept. of Energy's 2007 Solar Decathlon competition, held in Washington D.C. on the National Mall. After two years in planning and development, the University's first Solar Decathlon entry finished 9th overall in 2007. Following the competition, The Element House was relocated and reassembled at the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) in Chicago, where several thousand visitors toured the house when it was featured during a Green Tech conference in 2007."

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Waterside Cube (SDC 2018)

University of Illinois Solar Decathlon partnered up with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China for the 2018 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. "Twenty-two teams formed at forty-one universities from ten countries/regions competed. Shanghai Construction Group, a corporate sponsor, came on board at the beginning of the Spring semester to help the SJTU-UIUC team complete their project. At that point, 'Waterside Cube,' a design that takes traditional dwellings in the southern part of the Yangtze River as a prototype, was selected to draw from traditional Chinese dwellings (especially the passive-energy-saving and traditional culture aspects) and meld these into a building complex that would save energy and improve the surrounding environment."

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Illinois Solar Decathlon 2019


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