2nd Place - Overall
1st Place - Market Appeal - evaluated the livability, marketability, and constructability of each house and its appeal toward its target client.
1st Place - Hot Water Draw - evaluated whether a house's water heating system could supply all the hot water needed for daily washing and bathing
1st Place - Energy Balance - evaluated whether a house can produce at least as much energy as its house needed, thus achieving a net energy consumption of zero.
2nd Place - Communications - evaluated the team's website, public exhibit materials, public tours and audiovisual presentations for clear and consistent messages, images and audience engagement.
3rd Place - Engineering - evaluates the home for functionality, efficiency, innovation, reliability and documentation.
The University of Nevada Las Vegas designed its DesertSol house to reflect the spirit of the Mojave Desert. With reverence to the sun as both a source of harsh conditions and a solution for sustainable living, DesertSol harnesses abundant sunlight for solar electricity while capturing rain to provide evaporative cooling and irrigation. The ultra-efficient house is envisioned as a vacation home for a seasonal retreat—a basecamp for desert adventures that responds to its unique environment.
A weathered wood rain screen shades the building's structure.
Digitally fabricated retractable solar shade screens shield the hottest sides of the house in the summer and provide direct sun for warmth in the winter.
A water feature captures water from the occasional desert downpour and uses it for irrigation and spot cooling on the outside deck with a cool tower, which uses less water than conventional misters.
Folding doors open completely, allowing indoor activities to spill onto the outdoor deck space and doubling the square footage for entertaining.
A home automation system ensures the house operates at peak efficiency and allows the lights, appliances, and thermostats to be controlled from an easy-to-use interface on a mobile device.
Photovoltaic panels provide electricity and shade the outdoor living space.
Solar thermal collectors provide radiant floor and water heating.
Advanced structural design framing clad in reclaimed pre-weathered materials saves lumber and provides more insulation to the living spaces.
A fire-protection sprinkler system combined with a potable water plumbing system ensures that fresh water is available each time a cold-water fixture is used and results in a non-stagnant sprinkler system.
Layers of closed-cell, open-cell, and continuous rigid insulation ensure that the house is air-tight and highly heat-resistant and prevents thermal bridging.