Solar Decathlon competition brings cutting-edge home designs to Denver
By Cathy Proctor
Denver Business Journal
2 October, 2017
Photo courtesy of Garrett Bourcier
Image: Students from the design team from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Denver team working on their RISE home.
This fall, a UC Berkeley design team, including a number of students from the College of Environmental Design (CED), traveled to Denver, Colorado to compete in the 2017 Solar Decathlon. The UC Berkeley team is in collaboration with students from the University of Denver to create affordable and sustainable housing solutions. The project is specifically designed to be applicable to Richmond, California where housing prices have skyrocketed in the past few years.
The UC Berkeley and University of Denver team has coined their housing solution the RISE Home—short for residential, inviting, stacking, and efficient. RISE Homes are intended to be developed in Richmond’s urban infill lots. Each home is projected to cost $200,000, which is less expensive than 72 percent of traditional homes in Richmond.
In addition to resolving the housing crisis, the RISE Home is also intended to be environmentally-friendly. The home is energy efficient, recycles grey water, and has the functionality to improve air quality. RISE’s prototype also features a flexible floor plan with moveable walls and windows, as well as roof space for outdoor living.
The Solar Decathlon, an international competition on the design and construction of solar-powered houses, consists of 11 competing teams of college students. The competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, requires competitors to develop affordable, innovative, and highly-efficient homes. The event attracts roughly 60,000 visitors who wish to tour the cutting edge designs. The homes will be open for public viewing in Denver until October 15.
To learn more about the RISE home and UC Berkeley team, click here.
For more information about the competition, click here.