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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

UC Davis: University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis, is creating Our H2Ouse (pronounced "Our House") for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. The zero-energy-ready house offers a solution for California residents who are dealing with severe drought conditions. Our H2Ouse has the potential to cut water use in a typical residence in half while maintaining a comparable level of comfort at an affordable price point.

Design Philosophy

The UC Davis team intends to deliver a whole-house concept that helps residents form better living habits and subsequently reduce unnecessary water use. The design makes it easier for homeowners to cut their water consumption through monitoring, user feedback, and reclamation of water.


    Planned Features and Technologies

    • Greywater reuse systems, including a cutting-edge sanitization technology developed at the university to treat greywater
    • Sophisticated monitoring and feedback systems that educate and inspire residents to be the champions of their own water reduction
    • Feedback mechanisms to ensure that residents can participate in community-wide conservation efforts and live healthier and simpler lives.


    Tom Ryan

    Past Houses