Wash U – St. Louis: Washington University
For the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017, the Washington University team from St. Louis is designing a long-term residence for two research scientists at Tyson Research Center, an internationally renowned biological field station sited on 2000 acres of native landscape in Eureka, Missouri. The center is currently developing a master plan to construct an eco-village of net zero-energy-ready buildings, and the Wash U – St. Louis team house will be the first building constructed in the village. In addition to environmental research and university-level academics, Tyson Research Center offers educational programs for K-12 students. The center's goal is to promote interdisciplinary research to confront the challenges that face us in energy and sustainability on a global scale.
The house being designed by the Wash U – St. Louis team consists of a single precast concrete structure intended as a demonstration of integrated advanced building technology and a compelling alternative to traditional wood, light-frame construction.
Planned Features and Technologies
- Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) construction that provides resiliency against fire, moisture and mold, insects, and extreme weather conditions
- Large gutters that extend out from the main concrete structure and offer support for shading materials while creating outdoor living space
- A water collection system that allows for vertical planting and a series of modular planter beds that support a hydroponic system as part of a productive landscape with cultivation of vegetables for consumption.