The University of California, Davis is proud to participate for a second time in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017. This rigorous competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate a solar-powered house that showcases cost effectiveness, energy-efficiency, and attractiveness. Pursuing this opportunity with a multidisciplinary approach provides training that prepares UC Davis students for the clean energy workforce.
California endures a 5th year of record-breaking drought that has created a parched landscape and a scope of challenges never before faced by California. Our submission, Our H2Ouse, focuses on cutting a typical residence’s water use in half while maintaining the same level of comfort at an affordable price point. Both energy and water-use feedback systems to enable the users a private oasis where they are the authors of their own conservation experience. Taking a systems approach to this reduction is just the first step, however. True reduction lies in the hands of the people who live in the house and those in the surrounding community. Everyone thinks they are doing enough, but are they? Multiple elements in Our H2Ouse inform the occupants about usage and consequence while giving them a unique opportunity to allow an over-stressed environment to regenerate itself. True sustainability is not reflected on a sticker of something you buy at the store. It starts at home. Our home.
There are significant expenses associated with the team’s participation in the competition. Along with the design and construction costs, the team needs to transport the home from Davis, California to the competition site in Denver, Colorado and provide for team living expenses during the three-week competition. Help us to succeed!