Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities will converge on the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., this weekend to present their zero-energy ready home designs to panels of industry experts as part of the Energy Department's Challenge Home Student Design Competition.
Judges will evaluate the teams on their design and construction packages, project plans and energy-saving strategies. The students will also have the opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders, see the latest innovations transforming the housing industry and participate in a ceremony awarding the best designs.
As part of its Building America Program, the Energy Department is engaging collegiate teams across the continent to participate in the competition and become part of a leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable homes.
Through the Challenge Home program, the Energy Department seeks to apply proven innovations for high-performance homes that can be implemented by the home building industry, thereby serving as models for future success.
The competition will provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs with skills and experience that can support careers in the expanding field of energy efficiency and renewable energy.