What is the Solar Decathlon?
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Along with Clei, the Italian designer and manufacturer of the wall bed systems, we are sponsoring half of the competing collegiate teams as well as the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon itself.
In this year’s competition, from Oct. 8-18 in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA, homes designed and built by 14 finalist teams have been selected from around the world. The teams spend over two years planning, proposing and constructing their homes and once in Irvine, the homes will be judged by a panel of experts on a range of factors including comfort, market appeal, energy efficiency and affordability. The winning team will have successfully balanced energy production and consumption with an efficient, well-designed home. Half of the competing homes will feature efficient transforming furniture, including our popular line of wall bed systems made in Italy by Clei. By incorporating mulifunctional furniture, each of these homes will have maximized square footage without exceeding the space limitations enforced by the competition guidelines.
The goals of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon are aligned with those of Resource Furniture – to support, promote and educate people about sustainable and efficient living solutions both now and into the future. By challenging students across the globe to think critically about the way we live, this competition is providing up-and-coming scientists, engineers and architects hands-on experience in designing our future.
The Solar Decathlon competition houses are free and open to visitors at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily on eight days over two weekends:
- Thursday, Oct. 8–Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
- Thursday, Oct. 15–Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
On Sunday, Oct. 18, we are sponsoring the Solar Decathlon victory breakfast celebration in Hangar 244 with a keynote talk with Ron Barth to congratulate all competing teams on their efforts!
EXPLORE THE HOMES:
Team Alfred has designed a modular, zero-energy home for a middle-class family in rural Western New York state.
Featuring an open floor plan, the house offers a great area for entertaining that is illuminated by natural light from large windows on the north wall and clerestory windows above exposed trusses. Though the floor area may be compact, the house offers living accommodations for six (thanks to Clei's Kali Duo Board bunk bed system, Penelope Sofa wall bed system and a Swing wall bed system!). A sloping roof helps maximize solar energy production through photovoltaic panels. Roof overhangs provide shade and a green wall on the east side of the house absorbs sunlight and rain water. Vegetation around the porch offers greenery for residents and collects rain water.
In addition to maximizing space with Clei wall bed systems, the space will also feature an expanding Goliath table and Pocket Chairs to create space for a large dinner party.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is building a prototype for high-performance, prefabricated housing that is beautiful, affordable, transportable, and deployable. INhouse is designed to perform in symbiosis with the climate, such that the majority of its needs for heating, cooling and lighting are addressed architecturally. By using low-impact materials and focusing on passive design principles and user interaction, Cal Poly aims to build a home that meets the need for ecologically responsive housing while simultaneously creating an environment that delights the resident both experientially and thermally. The INhouse will be furnished with Clei's LGM Tavolo
wall bed system, Maori
table, Pocket Chairs
, and Piano
Drawing inspiration from the devastation caused by a 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, the Crowder College and Drury University team’s guiding philosophy is based on three R’s: respond, recover, and resist. ShelteR3 is an emergency response home that can be delivered to disaster sites and assembled quickly to provide flexible, secure housing. Crowder/Drury’s design appeals to the homebuyer looking to minimize their footprint while living in style, and caters to those who need to protect themselves from unpredictable and violent weather conditions. The ShelteR3 home has been designed to include the Ulisse Desk
wall bed system and Kali Duo Board
wall bed systems from Clei, as well as Pocket Chairs
and a Goliath
Like the city, New York City College of Technology's "DURA Home" is diverse, urban, resilient, and adaptable. New York City is exploring new models for post-disaster housing that meet the unique needs of a high-density urban environment. In this context, multifamily, multistory solutions that can placed in residents' own neighborhoods are preferred over traditional single-family trailers with larger footprints. New York City College of Technology is therefore exploring a stackable design to provide relief after catastrophic storms that can also be used for mobile and low-income housing in urban areas. DURA will consist of several prefabricated modules that can be packaged and shipped in standard-size shipping containers for quick response. The flexible modules can then be joined in standalone configurations or stacked for multifamily solutions.
DURA will feature an LGM Tavolo wall bed system and Kali Duo Board bunk bed system from Clei, Giralot storage solution, New Concept Tables, Pocket Chairs and a Cristallo transforming table to maximize space and functionality in the home.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed almost 350,000 homes in New Jersey alone. In response, the Stevens Institute of Technology has created "SURE HOUSE," a resilient solution for coastal communities. By merging inherently efficient indoor/outdoor rooms and open floor plan of the quintessential 60’s style modern beach cottage with state of the art building science, the latest renewable energy technologies and fiber-composite materials repurposed from the boat building industry. SURE HOUSE is a comfortable and architecturally innovative home for a family of four.
SUREHOUSE will be incorporating an LGM Tavolo wall bed system made in Italy by Clei, a La Literal bunk bed, New Concept Table, Pocket Chairs and Flapp shelving to increase the square footage of the home.
Partnered with Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Germany, the University of Texas at Austin has designed NexusHaus, an affordable, modular residential green building that is carbon neutral and energy efficient. The house is designed to harness and store resources such as solar energy, rainwater, and auxiliary water to increase occupants’ independence and contribute to their long-term economic, environmental, and social stability. A key feature of NexusHaus’s design is its modularity and flexibility that will enable the model to be adjusted to fit any environment, placed in multiple configurations, reduced in scale, or sold individually to meet the needs of the site. They are integrating the Cabrio
desk/wall bed unit from Clei and the transformable Cristallo
table into their NexusHaus design to maximize usability and save space.
Western New England University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana are focusing on simple, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing solar living in the EASI (Efficient, Aesthetic, Solar Innovation) Living Home.
Designed to be affordable for a working family with one or two young children in New England, the EASI Living Home combines a traditional New England-style exterior with a modern interior. Featuring high ceilings and clerestory windows, the house offers a comfortable living environment with multifunctional space. Space-saving furniture— including Clei's Nuovoliola sofa/wall bed and Kali Duo Board bunk bed, as well as Goliath and Pocket Chairs—and natural lighting create an open and spacious interior.