Re_home, Illinois’ student-built solar-powered house competed with entries from 18 other universities from around the world on the National Mall in Washington, DC, September 23 – October 2, 2011. Team Illinois won two of the ten Solar Decathlon contests in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Illinois earned top honors in the Appliances and Energy Balance contests and placed seventh overall.
The 2011 Solar Decathlon house is located in the south farm at the University of Illinois (Address: 3603 South Race Street Urbana, IL 61801) and this house will be used for teaching, research and public education.
Since the Re_home’s arrival on campus almost one month ago, construction has progressed quickly. First, students installed super-insulated panels on the entire exterior of the shell. The panels add an additional 4 inches of insulation to the frame constructed at Homeway Homes. In addition, substantial progress has been made on waterproofing, window and door detailing, and deck construction. This week, the team began staining the deck modules and planters. The next steps for Team Illinois include staining and installation of siding, installation of the HVAC system, and beginning interior finishing such as the floor and cabinetry. Check out our photo gallery for up to date pictures of construction.
The Re_home will arrive on campus this Tuesday, May 17. The same construction site will be used for the Re_home as was used for Team Illinois’ 2009 Gable Home. The site is just southeast of the south quad on the Urbana campus.
Construction began at Homeway Homes, a modular home manufacturer in Peoria, IL, where the shell of the home was completed. On Tuesday morning, the home will be shipped to the construction site where a group of 20 students will finish construction in preparation for the Solar Decathlon competition this September. Students will install insulation panels, siding, interior finishes, and the PV array in the coming months. Check back soon for updated pictures of the home’s arrival and construction progress!
This week, information about the Re_home will be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The display is part of Money Smart Week which is a week-long event that provides free classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year, the Museum of Science and Industry’s display for Money Smart Week will focus on the financial benefits of “Going Green”. The event will encourage visitors to learn about solar technologies, try eco-friendly activities, and learn about local entrepreneurs and their green businesses. For more information about the event, visit http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/events/go-green-money-smart-week/.
Today Team Illinois promoted the Re_home project at the “Go Green on Green Street” event in Champaign. The event was organized by Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) in order to raise awareness of sustainability in the community. Over 30 informational booths were setup near the Alma Mater on campus in order to educate the community about sustainable practices and opportunities to get involved with numerous sustainability-focused clubs and projects like the Solar Decathlon. The event had a large turnout including students, professors, community members, and campus visitors. Team Illinois was able to promote the Re_home project, educate people about the Solar Decathlon, and answer questions about sustainable technologies and the Re_home design. “Go Green on Green Street” was a great promotional opportunity for Team Illinois and allowed us to spread the word about the exciting months ahead.
Visit http://www.gogreenongreen.com/ to learn more about the event!
The students working on the HVAC system for the Re_home are mocking up the conditioning energy recovery ventilator in the full size building model. This is a forced air distribution system and so they have the challenge of getting all the ducting routes established so as not to interfere with other appliances and systems like the water heater, washing machine, and plumbing vents. Their goal is to do all of this while still trying to minimize pressure losses in the ducts to allow the system to run as efficiently as possible. Keep up the good work team.
The architecture studio is making great progress! In the last few weeks, architecture students have begun fabrication of footings and deck modules. About seventeen footings have been completed with only a few more left to go. In addition, the framework for eight deck modules is complete along with a mock-up of a planter to be used on the Re_home’s exterior. Great work from the architecture studio!