The team of students majoring in architectural and building technology and interior design from Embry-Riddle and Daytona State College (Team Daytona Beach) are bringing their BEACH from concept to reality ahead of next year’s Solar Decathlon in Denver where they will compete with 13 teams in the US Department of Energy’s prestigious Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The BEACH (Building Efficient, Affordable and Comfortable Homes) House is a 1,000 square-foot home designed as a forever home (a house a family could live in for 30 years or more) for a small family that wants to live sustainably without sacrificing comfort.
Every member of the unique Team Daytona Beach(“We are the only team to partner a college with a university,” explained Daytona State President Tom Lobasso) will swing hammers while building the BEACH House, which was engineered by Embry-Riddle students and architecturally designed by Daytona State College students. The students are benefitting from every aspect of the on-site experience from team building, to developing an interest in sustainability, learning about clean energy job opportunities in solar power and more.
“Our partnership with Daytona State College combines our unique strengths and provides our students the invaluable hands-on experience that comes with an international competition of this size and scope,” said Embry-Riddle Interim President Karen Holbrook.
For the first time, the Solar Decathlon is offering cash prizes totaling $2 million. The first place team will receive $300,000 for exceeding in energy efficiency, design and the use of solar energy. The second place finisher will receive $200,000. For the first time this year, the decathlon teams will also compete on their public relations and how each team interacts with the public during the event, which takes place between Oct 5 and Oct.15.
Natalie Hahn, student communications lead for Team Daytona Beach, explained the team’s approach to the competition: “We are demonstrating to the public that comfort does not have to be sacrificed to live sustainably and that the innovative technologies we will use in The BEACH House are here today to make life simpler and more affordable as a homeowner.”
The home is designed to be built inexpensively and perform and operate efficiently in the hot and humid climate of central Florida. It features an open floor plan utilizing shading, daylighting and natural ventilation and other sustainable design functions to control energy use. The home is being assembled and tested over the next year at Daytona State College before it is transported and re-assembled in Denver.Tweet