Top Trophy in U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in California Won by New Jersey’s Tech Institute
The trophy for U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in California was won by the students of Stevens Institute of Technology based in New Jersey. On Saturday, the officials said that, they built a house that's flood-resistant and also highly energy efficient.
The devastation caused by the Super storm Sandy was their source of inspiration. The storm which hit in 2012 had ripped through the East Coast causing severe damages. According to a statement from the institute, the student's aim was to develop a house that was tough enough to endure winds which come with massive force during hurricanes.
The 'Sure House' which was built by the students at the Department of Energy's competition in Irvine, that's south of Los Angeles, was constructed with reused materials from the boat- building industry. It was designed for placing in such a way that it could use natural light on the coastline. The house has large patio with shutters to increase the space in the home during summer. For power, it depends on solar energy.
In a statement, A.J. Elliott, a graduate student and member of the Stevens team said, "This project was about creating a real, livable residence for families in coastal communities who will be hardest hit by the effects of climate change."
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