Solar Decathlon Highlight 2: Team Las Vegas - The University of Nevada / by Alexander Dzurec

The final scores of the Decathlon are officially posted! However, we're not quite ready to skip over some of the awesome designs we witnessed in Denver - so, we'll come back around to the finalists later (stay tuned!).

That brings us to Team Las Vegas from The University of Nevada with their "Sinatra Living" design. This was definitely one of our favorites!

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Their target audience? Aging citizens of America and Vegas who need a home that is energy efficient, functional, comfortable, and safe. We loved that they started by looking to the history of home design in Las Vegas, and used many inspirations from mid-century modern and contemporary homes in Las Vegas. This was apparent the moment you walked into the kitchen that was beautifully accented with warm wood finishes and a "wow" red back splash. 

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SolarDecathlon_TeamVegas

Paying ode to the past allowed Team Vegas to focus on incorporating the technology of the future. Their design included an open flow space utilizing modules that support a healthy and active lifestyle. They continued to cater to their target market with handicapped accessible features like a big open (slip-preventative) bathroom and shower, adjustable shelving, fall detection sensors, an Alexa system that syncs with the house, and many other technologies and features that make the home safer and more accommodating to the 65+ market.

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SolarDecathlon_TeamVegas

This design was indeed luxurious, comfortable, and beautiful; though, it did not lack in terms of energy-efficiency concepts and design. Architecturally, they created a structure that produces shade in the summer and passive heating in the winter. Their solar technologies heats water to use daily, but also to fuel the radiant floor heating, and stores the clean solar energy in an onsite battery. Their wireless integrated technology optimizes energy use, but is not the only energy-efficient technology they implemented.

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SolarDecathlon_TeamVegas

To learn more about their features and technologies, check out their page on the Solar Decathlon site. Thanks for making us all ooh and ahh Team Vegas! 

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