Photo of the Solar Decathlon 2011 student teams. The front row holds a banner with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon logo.

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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The Stanford University U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 team is creating a sustainable home inspired by the San Francisco Bay Area, influenced by local developments in design, and impressive enough to amaze technology companies from Palo Alto to San Francisco and beyond.

The Stanford house is designed with two concepts in mind. First, it showcases how a prefabricated house can optimize construction costs while implementing sustainable design. Second, it embraces the belief that homes should promote healthy lifestyles by allowing occupants to achieve mental and physical wellness through a controls interface and series of interaction elements.

The house will demonstrate how small yet comfortable a home built for a family of two can be. Despite the small interior space, patios in both the front and back, along with bi-fold doors on each side of the great room, make the house feel larger, as if the entire living space extends outside. A vertical farm will provide practical and aesthetic art while offering privacy from passersby on the front patio.

Stanford University also participated in Solar Decathlon 2013.


Larry Leifer