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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

West Virginia: West Virginia University

In April 2017, West Virginia University withdrew from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 because of insurmountable budget challenges. Although the team was not able to begin construction and bring its solar-powered house to Denver, Colorado for the competition, they fully met the rigorous competition requirements through multiple deliverable submissions, including submission of construction drawings for their design. The West Virginia team included students from an array of backgrounds, with new and returning members who took an innovative approach to affordable, sustainable housing in Appalachia.

Design Philosophy

West Virginia's design is called "OASIS," short for Offering Appalachian States Innovative Sustainability. The design of OASIS embodies purity, privacy, and healthiness. These three core principles were chosen in response to the mix of a rich cultural history rooted in the natural world and the impacts of industry in the Appalachia region. The design of OASIS combines modern technologies, traditional features, and reclaimed materials to create a house that both evokes and improves on the past while fitting right in with West Virginia's increasingly modern, urban architecture.


    Planned Features and Technologies

    • A comprehensive water and air filtration system to improve water and air quality
    • A courtyard that creates a connection between the interior and exterior environment and provides privacy
    • A green roof and green wall reflect the natural themes and materials of Appalachia and aid in the connection between interior and exterior spaces
    • Locally sourced materials derived from the Appalachian vernacular.


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    Dimitris Korakakis