ASUNM Solar Decathlon House

at Mesa del Sol, NM


Friday, February 21st 2014 at 1:00pm

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Solar Decathlon 2013 and

transition to Mesa del Sol

In October 2013 a joint team of students from UNM and ASU (team ASUNM) proudly presented results of their two years' work at the DOE Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition. Students had to design, plan and build a solar-power house, which is not only comfortable and affordable, but is also very energy efficient and is equipped with all the recent (and even futuristic) house automation features.

Team ASUNM took 3rd place in the Energy Balance contest, 5th place in Architecture and 6th place in Engineering contests. Now that the competition is over, the house is re-assembled at the Mesa del Sol area. Students and Engineering Faculty adviser, Prof. Olga Lavrova, are looking forward to showcasing the house to all UNM students, Faculty and staff, as well as all New Mexicans, during a number of open houses and demonstrations.

Jorge Torres, of Albuquerque KOB Eyewitness News 4, recently visited the solar home at Mesa Del Sol and brings us this report (after a brief 15 second advertisement):

Check out the animation created by students from the Anderson School of Management, IFDM and SA+P :


Our house is named SHADE,

which stands for Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibruim

In the American Southwest, only those species most adapted to the extreme desert climate can thrive.

Our Solar array is liberated from the roof and creates a solar canopy, which in its turn provides shades for the most exposed facades of the house.

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Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Every two years, 20 teams from universities around the world are selected through a competitive process to assemble interdisciplinary teams of students to convene on a central challenge: how can we change the way future generations live with attractive and affordable homes that harness the power of the sun. Team ASUNM is a collaborative effort between engineering, architecture, and construction students at Arizona State University (ASU) and University of New Mexico (UNM). Team ASUNM focuses on building materials and energy systems that are appropriate for the desert southwest a part of the country expected to see continued population growth over the coming decades.


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Smart GRid

details on our Smart Grid collaboration with PNM coming shortly

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