UNLV’s Team Las Vegas won second place in the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon’s Engineering contest today for their Sinatra Living house, one of six juried contests happening during the 10-day competition. Earlier in the week, the team took top place in the Innovation contest and second location in the Architecture contest. Overall, UNLV put 8th out of an overall of 11 national and worldwide groups who competed.
The Solar Decathlon competitors challenges collegiate teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses that integrate market potential and design excellence with wise energy production and maximum efficiency. Groups begin the planning process two years ahead of time, build and check their styles in their own cities, and after that transportation and restore them at the competition website. This year the competition was kept in Denver, and included the first snow ever experienced during a Solar Decathlon Competition– earning this competition the nickname of Snowlar Decathalon.
Initially, 17 teams were chosen to compete in the biennial competitors. Due to the intense nature of the competitors and the time and resources needed, 6 teams dropped out prior to the public competitors began.
“The entire UNLV community is so happy with the devotion, determination, and successes of Group Las Vegas— they embody whatever our university, and our city, represent,” stated UNLV president Len Jessup. “This was really a collective effort and a life time experience that nobody involved will ever forget.”
Over the course of 24 months, more than 60 UNLV trainees from a variety of academic backgrounds including architecture, engineering, health sciences and hospitality, developed, planned and developed the 990-square-foot home. Initially assembled on the Paradise campus of UNLV, the house was then transported by truck to the competitors site in Colorado.
More than 100 individuals and companies made Sinatra Living possible consisting of money fans, in-kind material donors and the job sponsors, Switch and NV Energy Foundation.
In addition to their first and second location wins in Development, Engineering and Architecture, Group Las Vegas took sixth in Market Potential, 5th in Communications, and ninth in Water. Non-juried, determined contests consisted of Health and Comfort, Appliances, Home Life and Energy.
The Swiss Group, that included students and faculty from 4 various universities, took first place in general in the competitors with their house, NeighborHub.
For additional information on the 2017 Solar Decathlon Competitors go to the Website at www.solardecathlon.gov.