Solar Houses at Crowder College

Visitors line up to tour Crowder College and Drury University during the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California  Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Visitors line up to tour Crowder College and Drury University during the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Crowder Solar House (6th Place)
One of two solar houses at Crowder College.

The Solar Decathlon is a competition to design, build and operate the most effective and attractive house powered solely by the Sun.

“To promote solar energy as a viable alternative, the U.S. Department of Energy along with several building product manufacturers and other groups sponsored the Solar Decathlon, an event that pitted J4 teams of architecture and engineering college students against each other to see which could design and build the most energy-efficient, aesthetically pleasing house powered entirely by solar energy. The students were charged with using existing products and materials, and the houses were limited to S00 square feet.”; – Stephani Miller

“We point out that our solar system costs about the same as a new SUV. That brings home the fact that you can choose to spend your money in ways that better the planet.”

Shelter R3 was the 2015 entry by Crowder College and Drury University. After the previous competitions the rules required an architecture school, so Crowder and Drury teamed up to build Shelter R3.

 

View our Photo Journal 2005 Crowder College Solar Decathlon Project

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