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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Las Vegas: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas team is building a sustainable, "age-in-place" home for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. The house combines the history of the past with the technology of the future by blending nostalgia for the 1950s and '60s in Las Vegas with modern renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and sustainable materials.

Design Philosophy

Team Las Vegas aims to create an energy-efficient and health-conscious home for active aging citizens of Las Vegas and beyond. The design combines accessibility and interior comfort with wireless integrated technology, resulting in a smart home that can serve older adults and those with disabilities.


    Planned Features and Technologies

    • Handicapped accessible features, such as adjustable kitchen countertops and shelves allow for ease of access and reduce the physical strain of daily tasks
    • Simple circulation paths allow for and encourage movement
    • A combination of deep overhangs and an adjustable wall partition provide shading during the summer and maximize passive heating in the winter
    • Energy-efficient LED lighting and flux sensors that automatically adjust brightness and lighting temperature to complement the indoor environment
    • An integrated home application connects the occupants with security, heating and cooling, and lighting control from any mobile device, at home and away
    • A heating and cooling system uses integrated indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity sensors to select between radiant floor heating and mini-split heat pumps in colder months. During warmer months, cooling options are air conditioning from the same mini-splits and cross-ventilation with low-energy fans.
    • A smart inverter that can operate on a time-of-use utility schedule and can island to allow for electrical operations during a grid outage.


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    David James

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