Drury University and Crowder College students and faculty worked together to design and build ShelteR3, a tornado resistant solar powered home for the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2015 competition. The competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Twenty college teams from a from the US, Europe and Central America were selected from a pool of 140 teams who applied to compete in 10 different categories: Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Appliances, Home Life, Commuting Energy Balance. We designed and constructed our home in Missouri, shipped it to California and reassembled the house for the competition and then shipped it back to Missouri.

ShelteR3

Team Crowder Drury Solar Decathlon

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon  

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

 

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Thomas Kelsey/US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photo by Evan Melgren

Photo by Evan Melgren