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Nearly 30 College Teams Meet at NREL for Sustainable Home Design Challenge

DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition focuses on zero-energy homes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities will converge on the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., from April 26-28 to present their zero-energy ready home designs to panels of industry experts as part of the Energy Department’s Challenge Home Student Design Competition.

Judges will evaluate the teams on their design and construction packages, project plans and energy-saving strategies. The students will also have the opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders, see the latest innovations transforming the housing industry and participate in a ceremony awarding the best designs.

As part of its Building America Program, the Energy Department is engaging collegiate teams across the continent to participate in the competition and become part of a leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable homes. Through the Challenge Home program, the Energy Department seeks to apply proven innovations for high-performance homes that can be implemented by the home building industry, thereby serving as models for future success. The competition will provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs with skills and experience that can support careers in the expanding field of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Media is invited to attend on Sunday, April 27, to learn more about the competition, see student presentations and industry sessions as well as the presentation of awards to the winners. For a full schedule of events, please visit the competition website.

WHAT: DOE Challenge Home Student Competition Awards Event
WHEN: Sunday, April 27
WHERE: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO, 80401


8:30 a.m. to Noon University Team Presentations to Jurors

28 College and University teams will be presenting their zero-energy home designs to panels of industry experts.

1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Thought-Leaders Vision for Housing” Presentations on the future of residential buildings.

Presenters include Joseph Lstiburek (Building Science Corporation), Ron Jones (Green Builder Media), Gene Myers (New Town Homes), Joe Mclinden (StreetScape Development), and Sam Rashkin (DOE). 

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Interview Opportunities and Poster Exhibit

Opportunity to view posters of each home design and speak to the teams.

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Awards Dinner Awards to be presented to the winning teams. 

Teams from the following colleges and universities will be participating in the competition:

  • Auburn University (Auburn, AL) – two teams
  • California State University - Fresno
  • California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo)
  • University of Colorado – Denver – two teams
  • Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago)
  • Illinois State University (Normal)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence)
  • Lake Superior College (Duluth, MN)
  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Onondaga Community College (Syracuse, NY)
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport) – two teams
  • Pennsylvania State University (State College)
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI)
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)Ryerson University (Toronto, ON) – two teams
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, NY)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  •  University of Toronto
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City)
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie)

Media interested in attending should RSVP to David Glickson via email or by calling 303-548-5167.

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