The CU team wanted to exceed the energy objectives of the Solar Decathlon by designing an annual "zero-energy" home. Zero-energy homes typically combine solar energy technology with energy-efficient construction techniques to help create cost-effective buildings that have zero net annual need for non-renewable energy.
The engineering design in the Decathlon house follows an integrated, adaptable approach using readily available off-the-shelf products. These systems are located in a centralized location, the TechPod, allowing for easier maintenance and monitoring. Integrating the system components also increases system efficiency, reduces material usage, and lowers costs. All engineering systems were optimally sized specifically for this house design and the Washington D.C. climate.
The following features were incorporated in our Solar Decathlon house.
See our sponsors page for links to the products mentioned in each section.