Weber State students were honored with first place for energy performance, second place for presentation, and third place for engineering in the international Solar Decathlon Build Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
In the challenge, student teams designed and built high-performance, low-carbon-producing homes powered by renewables. More than 100 teams, including those from Yale and Harvard, submitted detailed design proposals. From those, nine international teams were selected to build.
For the decathlon, 50+ Weber State and Davis and Ogden-Weber Technical College students, under the direction of Building Design & Construction professor Jeremy Farner, contributed to construct a net-zero home in central Ogden.
Wildcat alumni Melissa and Mark Haslam, who bought the home, are now enjoying energy costs of just over $100 annually or around $9 per month to connect to the electrical grid.