Challenging & Engaging Students

Several universities challenge and engage student design/plan/build competitions and support student organizations for future design/construction industry professional, such as NAHB Student Chapters.  National competitions, such as the Solar Decathlon and a new DOE Best in Housing Design Competition engage students in advanced building science and technologies.   Examples of such competitions include:

Student projects, whether competition or capstone projects, focus students on the many knowledge, skill and ability requirements that they will face working in the industry that might not be adequately addressed in the classroom. These projects drive students to gain that extra knowledge needed for a successful project that is also critical to the real world workplace.

The  Joint Committee would participate in developing the building science technical resources and criteria for the US Department of Energy university competitions for high performance home design and development.  Further, the University Consortium and Joint Committee will support universities in enhancing the quality of their building science education programs – increasing the learning benefits if they choose to compete in DOE or Affiliate competitions.

The NAHB Student Chapter from Michigan State University receives the first-place trophy for winning the Four-Year Colleges Category of the Residential Construction Management Competition at the 2013 NAHB International Builders' Show.

The NAHB Student Chapter from Michigan State University receives the first-place trophy for winning the Four-Year Colleges Category of the Residential Construction Management Competition at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Solar Decathlon

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The 2015 Solar Decathlon will take place Oct. 8–18, 2015, at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

DOE Race to Zero

Student Design Competition April 2014The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution in the U.S. and Canada. The competition is based upon a real-world scenario where a builder needs to update an existing product line (house plan) to a high-performance house design or is developing a new high performance home product line. Teams are posed with a specific design problem and are asked to either redesign an existing floor plan or create a new house design that satisfies the project requirements. The mandatory performance target is the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specification.

Competition Requirements
Each team must be sponsored by a collegiate institution, be comprised of at least three students and a faculty advisor, and have a designated team lead. Student teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary and have industry advisors, such as a local home builder, to help inform their decision-making process.

Details on the 2015 competition requirements will be published in the 2015 Student Design Competition Guide. This guide will be released in September 2014. To get an idea of general competition requirements, please visit the 2014 Results page to view the 2014 Student Design Competition Guide.

For more details on the competition and its criteria: 

DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition Guide,Dec. 2013 Ed. (PDF version)

Building America High Performance Home Student Competition roadmap (PDF)