Stevens: Stevens Institute of Technology
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.