2015 UC Davis Solar Decathlon "Aggie Sol"
June 2015 - September 2015
A collegiate competition made up of 10 contests, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to design and build full-size, net-zero energy houses. The winner of the competition is the team that that best blends design excellence, smart energy production with innovation, market potential, energy and water efficiency. The 2015 Competition was held in Irvine, California from October 8th - October 18th where each team was juried by professionals based on contests including Architecture Contest, Engineering Contest, Affordability Contest, Commuting Contest and Energy Balance Contest. More information regarding all competition contests and rules can be found here.
Participating in the Solar Decathlon for the first time, UC Davis created "Aggie Sol," a prototype net-zero energy home for the underserved farmworkers of America. Our goal was to design a affordable solar paneled home that provides comfort, safety, and a better quality of life for farm workers and other underserved communities. The design addresses health, living, and cost concerns—including inadequate heating and cooling, poor air quality, work-related debris, and affordability—associated with farmworker housing conditions at a price that public and private housing providers can afford. The house was designed, engineered, constructed, presented entirely by students at UC Davis. Features and technologies implemented in the home can be viewed in the video below.
UC Davis took first place in the Affordability Contest, first place in the Commuting Contest, and third place in the Energy Balance contest.
As a member of the Construction Team, tasks included participating in the hands on construction of the house, understanding structural drawings, attending team meetings in addition to installing innovative technologies such as the balloon-framing system for structural support. Traveling with the team to Irvine, the house was pitched to thousands of guests including students, professors, and professionals.
To learn more about Aggie-Sol, click here.
For a full list of sponsors, click here.