We are excited to have started building the SURE HOUSE in a parking lot on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey. “SURE Construction” is a subset of our PopSci blog that we’ll use to chronicle our construction process. Check back often if you want to follow our progress and get a first hand view of how a sustainable and resilient house takes shape.
Design Challenges: One of the unique challenges of the Solar Decathlon is that teams have to build their houses three times: (1) on a temporary site usually at or near their school, (2) at the competition site in Irvine CA, and (3) on the final site for which the building was actually designed. This means designing two temporary (one with high seismic requirements) and one permanent foundation. No small engineering feat.