Innovative Solar House Design

Innovative Solar House Design

Engineering and Architecture combine forces for the

Solar Decathlon National Competition

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    Revolutionary home built on campus.
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    Home designed to produce more energy than it consumed.
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    Strong connection between indoor and outdoor living areas.
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    Team wins 1st place in People’s Choice award and 3rd Place Engineering award.
UNC Charlotte was one of 20 universities chosen to participate in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden house incorporates truly revolutionary approaches to sustainable design and construction, including the choice of building material, an innovative passive cooling and heating system integrated into the walls and ceiling of the house, and responsive technology that allows the house and its inhabitants to adapt to changing environmental conditions.