This year's Solar Decathlon saw Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ take top honors by designing a home that could withstand another Superstorm Sandy. After watching the video below two thoughts came to mind.
First, why couldn't this be built in a modular home factory and second, this house is designed to only be raised one foot off the ground and local code enforcement in NJ would find 10,000 reasons why it has to be raised 10 feet off the ground.
STEVENS WINS SOLAR DECATHLON 2015
By Carol Laurie
Stevens Institute of Technology won top honors overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar powered house.
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, took second place followed by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in third place.
Stevens’ win comes as no surprise to followers of the competition, as the team took first place in four of five juried contests and maintained the lead position in the competition over the last several days. Stevens Institute of Technology previously competed in Solar Decathlon 2011 and Solar Decathlon 2013.