The overall design philosophy of the CU Team is to present to the public a home with broad market appeal that demonstrates the synergy of integrated architectural and engineering designs. The CU Team seeks to achieve these goals in the 2005 home through:
+ repeatable, adaptable, and easy-to-construct solar home design
+ functionality that accommodates a range of lifestyles and users
+ cost-effective integration of design and technology
The CU Team seeks to blur the traditional boundaries between Architect and Engineer. Throughout the project, architecture students have been encouraged to "think like engineers" and vice versa as engineering students were asked to step into the role of an architect. The CU Team hopes to achieve a Solar Decathlon Home design in which architecture and engineering drive one another in a complimentary, well-integrated manner.