UC Davis at the 2017 Solar Decathlon in Denver

By Bonnie Dickson and Alicia Loge

DAVIS, Calif.; Oct. 3, 2017 – UC Davis is in Denver through mid-October to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon with “Our H2Ouse” — an original, solar-powered home designed to address the severe drought in California by cutting the water use in a typical residence in half, while maintaining comfort at an affordable price point.

Recognizing the water and energy problems plaguing the state, the team – the Blue Mustangs – developed Our H2Ouse to create feasible and desirable homes that use California-specific strategies to promote water and energy conservation. The 900-square-foot house was mainly built using recycled wood from drought-stricken trees in California and is equipped with an energy and water-use feedback system. Click here to see a video about the house.

The team includes students and recent graduates across three colleges at UC Davis — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science.

Beginning Oct. 5, the Blue Mustangs will compete alongside 11 different teams in 10 contests that evaluate cost-effective design; innovation balanced with market potential; water and energy efficiency; energy production and time-of-use energy; and communications strategies. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.

The College of Engineering is one of several groups that are sponsoring the Blue Mustangs in the competition. Visit the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center for current updates on the Blue Mustangs’ progress.

UC Davis Solar Decathlon 2017

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