SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Santa Clara University’s rEvolve
House wins the 2016
Green Builder® Green Home of the Year Awards in the Best
College Sustainability Project category. Homes were evaluated in
terms of overall sustainability, resilience, synergy with the
environment and surrounding neighborhood, affordability, creativity and
the depth of building science employed.
The rEvolve house was built by a team of Santa Clara University students
from a broad range of majors with the support and guidance of SCU’s School
of Engineering. Research, design, and construction on the tiny house
took two years beginning in 2015 and the home was submitted for the
Tiny House Competition where it took first place winning the
competition against eight other California college teams.
“This was a tremendous team effort on the part of our students and
faculty leaders Professor Tim Hight and the late Fr. Jim Reites, and is
a shining example of the dedication our Broncos bring to advancing
sustainability,” said Godfrey Mungal, Dean of the School of Engineering
at Santa Clara University.
House is a 238-square-foot tiny home that rotates. The house is set
on a trailer connected to a COLOSSUN
solar tracking ring that allows the entire house to revolve as the sun
moves across the sky, improving the home’s solar efficiency by 30
percent. The home also features a living room that converts to a bedroom
with a Murphy bed that can be pulled down at night. A full-sized kitchen
incorporates a seating area with a foldout table, and a 35-square-foot
wet bathroom with a dry-flush toilet that eliminates the use of a black
water system completes the package. The walls are constructed with
structural insulated panels, making the home stronger and more energy
efficient than a traditional stick-framed home.
The rEvolve House also features an accessible roof deck that provides an
expanded seating area for six. In order to support an off-grid
lifestyle, the house is powered entirely by eight 330-watt Sunmodule
solar panels. The house stores its energy using saltwater batteries, the
only batteries in the world to be Cradle to Cradle certified.
The house has been donated to Operation
Freedom Paws, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching veterans and others
with disabilities to train their own service dogs, and was designed with
its final destination in mind.
For more information, see www.scu.edu.
Santa Clara University
Tina Vossugh, 408-554-5126