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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Washington State: Washington State University

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Washington State University enters the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 with a house designed for a community of tiny homes that share amenities—even an electric vehicle. The community is designed as an urban infill project that adds density in areas already served by important infrastructure, such as transportation and utilities.

Design Philosophy

This project functions within the context of a smart city—or a place where digital technology is integrated with a city's assets. The Washington State house combines machine learning, energy storage, smart grid connectivity, and heat recovery to find efficiencies and reduce energy consumption. Many of the technologies that make this house unique are leveraged from research across multiple areas of the university.


    Planned Features and Technologies

    • An approach to modular construction from manufactured building components that is based on university research
    • Manufactured components designed for ease of prefabrication, flat-pack transportation, and quick on-site assembly without large cranes and heavy equipment
    • Decking made from recycled wind turbine blades
    • Optimized thin cross-laminated structural panels that were developed and tested at the university
    • A smart building platform based on research conducted by affiliated university faculty.


    Darrin Griechen

    Past Houses