WSU Solar Decathlon
Weber State University (WSU) is a Top 10 Finalist in the 2020 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon collegiate competition to design and build a Net-Zero energy home. Students from the Department of Construction & Building Sciences make up the senior project team representing the programs of Building Design & Construction, Interior Design, and Construction Management.
Our team is currently in the process of constructing the all-electric home they designed in collaboration with Ogden City. The 1270 square foot per floor (main floor with a full basement) home incorporates battery backup technology to allow the home to maintain critical loads for up to 72 hours if the electrical grid were to be down in a natural disaster or emergency.
The home is designed to make the “True Cost of Ownership” affordable to occupants of the east bench sector of Ogden by nearly eliminating energy bills. It is estimated that the energy costs to operate the home will be just over $100 annually or around $9 per month to be connected to the electrical grid.
Complete Energy Analysis and Model
The lot was donated to the project by Ogden City to show their commitment to revitalizing neighborhoods and breathing new life into historic neighborhoods. This particular lot has been empty for nearly 10 years after a dilapidated 4-plex was torn down. The Craftsman Architectural Style home is designed to not only fit in this historical district, but showcase how homes can provide a net-zero energy lifestyle.