We’re one of 20 universities competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon, seen here in 2013, where students design and build solar-powered homes.
Aggie Sol team members come from engineering, architecture, design, communications and development disciplines. Their goal is to make zero-net-energy homes affordable for families — including farmworkers.
Students work together to create what they hope will not only be a winning, zero-net-energy design, but one that will win over the housing market, too.
The team brainstorms about concepts for a low-cost house design, which it expects to propose at half the cost of most houses at the Solar Decathlon.
As part of an exercise, students present a design they created in about 40 minutes at UC Davis West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero-net-energy community.
The Aggie Sol house will be built at UC Davis, disassembled and transported to Irvine for the 2015 Solar Decathlon.