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

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Stevens: Stevens Institute of Technology

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For the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, Stevens Institute of Technology will build SURE HOUSE , a sustainable, resilient house for coastal communities. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy killed 158 people, caused more than $65 billion in damage, and damaged or destroyed almost 350,000 homes in New Jersey alone. SURE HOUSE represents a new direction in coastal shore housing that will provide a safe, secure, comfortable, and architecturally innovative home for a family of four.

SURE HOUSE will sit on a bed of pilotis, which are commonly used in flood-prone areas to slightly elevate buildings out of reach of flooding. Durable flood-shielding will be incorporated into the outer layers of the house to create a waterproof shell.

Stevens Institute of Technology previously competed in Solar Decathlon 2011 and Solar Decathlon 2013.  


Ed May