The University of Denver, which teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley, came third in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 for the group’s house designed specifically for the city of Richmond, Calif.
The Solar Decathlon is a challenge for college teams to build and operate highly energy-efficient and innovative solar houses. The main event includes 10 competitions involving architecture, market potential, engineering, smart water solutions and innovation. Eleven teams competed.
The RISE house is designed to support Richmond as it transforms from suburban neighborhoods to a city that’s public transit and community oriented. The RISE house model has modular, stackable houses with flexible floor plans that include movable walls and a deck that is the same size of the house to support communal living.
The Swiss Team, which has students from four Swiss universities, won the overall competition. Their project called NeighborHub is a home that also includes multifunctional spaces, such as a dining room for a community meal, conference space for educational workshops and a bike repair shop or local market. It has a green roof, aquaponics for breeding fish and a “dry” toilet that does not need water, but instead uses worms to treat and recycle waste.
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