Ball State Competes in Solar Decathlon
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Oct 21 2013 3:32PM
For the first time, Ball State University competed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The program challenges college students to design, build and operate a house that is completely powered by the sun. A team made up of students from Ball State, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, spent the past two years designing and constructing their solar-powered home. But their home is also meant to be a permanent solution for disaster relief victims. Ball State Graduate Architect Zach Kendall says they created what they call the “Phoenix House”.
Kendall says the energy-efficient home could potentially replace FEMA trailers and would allow for a higher standard of living for affected middle-class families.
Along with being 100-percent solar-powered, the house recycles water.
The house is now in operation in Irvine, California. In the competition, the project received first place in the affordability category.