The Missouri S&T Solar House Design Team has designed and completed six solar-powered homes for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competitions of 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2015. The houses have been retained by the university and placed permanently on campus at two different locations.
The first solar village is located at the corner of West 10th Street and Poole Avenue across from the Gale-Bullman Multipurpose Building. Since their placement, the solar homes serve as campus housing for Missouri S&T students, solar research facilities and an educational center for K-12, university students and the general public.
Using these homes for campus housing gives the students a unique opportunity to experience the benefits of alternative energy living. There is a considerable difference between discussing and researching alternative energy and then actually living in a solar-energy powered home. Both current and previous students have valued this opportunity and enjoyed learning more about “solar” living.
In addition to student housing, cutting-edge research continues in the area of energy performance, intelligible response systems and environmental protection. This is all in an effort to provide smart living!