Sustainable and Resilient

Our U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 entry, the SURE HOUSE, represents the Stevens Institute of Technology team’s vision of a sustainable and resilient home for the areas at greatest risk due to rising sea-levels and more damaging storms. Learn more

The qualities that set our house apart:

Hoboken, NJ
45° F
Irvine, CA
69° F
Current Project Status:

Finalizing framing plans and mocking up some of the custom elements to the house.

Why we're building the SURE HOUSE.

This is not just a contest entry for us. We are striving to build in a world affected by a changing climate, working to educate the next generation of innovators, and do our part to help the New Jersey Shore bounce back from the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy. Learn more

Mitigating climate change while bracing for its effects.

Educating the next generation of problem solvers.

Partnering with Seaside Park and the Jersey Shore.

Passive SURE

For us, sustainability is mostly about energy: how much we use and how we make it. That’s why we’re striving to meet the most stringent energy efficiency building metric in the world – the Passive House standard (PHS). Read More.

The Stevens Institute Team

Our team is made up of a diverse group of creative and dedicated students from across Stevens Institute of Technology. Learn more about us.

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Stevens + Solar Decathlon

The SURE HOUSE is not only a student design project. It is one that will be built, rigorously tested, extensively toured, and finally lived in. Luckily this isn’t our first solar powered rodeo. The SURE HOUSE is the 3rd consecutive Stevens Institute of Technology entry in the Solar Decathlon competition. Learn more

20011: Empowerhouse. 13th Place



2013: Ecohabit. 4th Place.



2015: Sure House.

Sure House



Our sponsors and partners make this project possible. Find out more about the people and companies helping us toward the finish line. Not a business but want to help? Donate Now!

U.S Green Building Council, Langan, The Vinyl Institute

Passive House

A rigorous building energy use standard accomplished with passive solar, super-insulation, natural ventilation, air tightness and daylighting. Learn More