Solar Decathlon 2015

October 8-18, 2015 – Irvine, California

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a university competition that challenges participating schools to design, build, and operate a solar-powered home to be displayed at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Each of the 20 teams must design homes that are attractive, cost-effective, and energy-efficient. Each project will be judged on 10 criteria and the winner is the team that is able to integrate affordability, market appeal, and design excellence with innovation and maximum efficiency.

The Team

The 2015 UT/ TUM Solar Decathlon team is formulated as an interdisciplinary collaboration, working with the strengths of several programs from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Technische Universitaet Muenchen.  For the 2014 Spring semester students from UTSoA will travel to Munich as part of an exchange program between the two universities to further the develop the joint entry. This blog will act as a communication platform to write and show our weekly progress and adventures in Munich.

Energy-Water Nexus Unit

Key idea

Plug affordable dwelling units into existing infrastructure by capitalizing on the energy-water nexus. Integrate sustainability and affordability to create a delivery system of affordable homes for Austin, Texas.


Austin is currently one of the fastest growing cities in the country. At the same time, suburban poverty is increasing along with the need for affordable housing. Therefore, affordability is a key goal of the proposed UT and TUM Solar Decathlon 2015 House. Our team will demonstrate the potential of combining energy and water to design a prototype affordable Accessory Unit (ADU) this is a unit of production rather than only of consumption and that can easily be plugged into the existing neighborhood’s infrastructure. The design will be developed for central Texas and responsive to its physical and cultural climate.


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The University of Texas at Austin + Technische Universitaet Muenchen | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 | documented

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