DU students to build home powered by renewable energy

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A team of 20 University of Denver students will be participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2020 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, the university announced in a news release.

In a series of 10 events, the event challenges students from across the U.S. and Europe to build and design a home in their community that is powered by renewable energy.

“We are excited to participate in Solar Decathlon 2020 and are proud to have a motivated team of 20 students working to plan, design and build a renewable home in the DU neighborhood,” said Eric Holt, assistant professor in the Burn’s School of Real Estate and Construction Management and the team’s faculty liaison, in the release. “This competition provides a great opportunity for our students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom and be among the most innovative builders in the industry.”

Over the next 18 months, students will work on a Race Street property owned by the university. The property was built in the 1950s and is located on a floodplain. The final design of the home will be judged in Washington, D.C., next summer.

Du participated in the last Solar Decathlon in 2017, partnering with a team of students from the University of California at Berkeley. The team’s home had nearly net-zero energy efficiency, according to the release, and placed third in the competition. The home was later donated to Habitat to Humanity to be sold to a low-income family.

For more information on the 2017 home, go to https://www.du.edu/news/solar-decathlon-home-ready-competition.

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