NAHB Student Chapter Prepares for Solar Decathlon

Filed in Environmental, Student Chapters by on September 28, 2017 0 Comments

Team RISE’s solar-powered home is designed to be scalable and stackable, kind of like children’s blocks. Their aim was both affordability and energy efficiency.

After two years of preparation, the NAHB Student Chapter from the University of Denver is in its final planning phase to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, which will take place Oct. 5-15 in Denver.

The chapter has partnered with University of California, Berkeley for the competition, which challenges college teams to build energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. You can watch a preview of their work here.

The UC-Berkeley/University of Denver team will face nine competitors, including U.S. and international teams. Contestants will be judged on water use strategies, smart energy use, market potential, cost-effective design, and more.

To get a first-hand glimpse of the competition — and hear about the latest trends in solar-powered home construction — locals are encouraged come volunteer. There are opportunities to serve as a greeter, docent or registration assistant.

For information about NAHB’s sustainable building efforts, please visit

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