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Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California
October 8-18, 2015

Crowder College and Drury University

Crowder College and Drury University's ShelteR3 house placed eighth overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. The team earned fifth place in the Communications Contest.

The tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri in 2011 inspired the Crowder/Drury team. It was the hope of the team that organizations such as Americorps, the American Red Cross, and FEMA would embrace and incorporate the design into disaster response command centers or the mass production of disaster relief housing. After the competition, ShelteR3 was deconstructed and transported to Joplin to serve as a demonstration home, exemplifying sustainable living and embodying disaster resilience in a new green neighborhood.

ShelteR3 later returned to Crowder College, where the university is working to find funding to create a foundation, put it back together, and maintain the house.

Photo of ShelteR3 at Solar Decathlon 2015. Enlarge image

ShelteR3 at Solar Decathlon 2015. (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Who: Crowder College and Drury University
What: ShelteR3
Neosho, MO 64850
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