As green technology becomes more prominent, the construction industry may see a further shift in that direction to accommodate increasing demand. This isn’t merely the case with private homes. Green technology is also being adopted in the commercial sector, and as we’ve seen recently, college campuses.
The Stevens Institute of Technology, www.stevens.edu, Hoboken, N.J., has announced it will donate a student-designed net-zero energy “smart house” to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), www.csusm.edu, San Marcos, Calif., for use as a veteran’s center. The building will support and serve the nearly 900 CSUSM students who identify as veterans, service members, or military dependants.
The building was designed by 60 interdisciplinary students from Stevens for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition. The biannual competition features 20 university teams from around the world competing to design energy-efficient solar homes. It culminates Oct. 3-13, as the homes are displayed to the public. Once the competition is finished, the team from Stevens will donate its building, dubbed “Ecohabit,” to CSUSM.
The technologies incorporated into the new veteran’s center will include solar shingles, a rainwater harvesting system, as well as an energy-and-water-saving system for heating, cooling, and plumbing. The building will also have a central control program which collects and analyzes sensor data from each system in order to maximize efficiency.
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