Students Construct Zero-Energy House
A multidisciplinary team of architecture and engineering students is designing and building a 240-square-foot zero-energy structure on the Knoxville campus as a hands-on way to learn what it would take to build a full-scale house.
The team, UT Zero, is taking advantage of the latest innovations in building materials, information technology, energy efficiency, and home design to demonstrate opportunities and methods for using sustainable energy resources. The high-performance, zero-energy house will use solar power for all of its basic functions in an effort to qualify the team for admittance to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, to be held in Washington, D.C., in 2011. The UT Zero project has already made it to the second round of the competition.
The final event will be held on the Mall in Washington, and energy generated by the projects will be shared in a power grid. Projects will be judged on architecture, sustainability, solar energy efficiency, and marketability. Twenty university design-build teams will be chosen for the finals.
Tags: Architecture • Energy • Environment • Sustainability