The SURE House is the Solar Decathlon 2015 entry by Stevens Institute of Technology. Their design started with a simple question:” how can we design a home which both reduces its energy use and adapts to the realities of a changing, more extreme climate?” The answer emerged as a new direction in storm resilient coastal housing. They merged the inherently efficient indoor/outdoor rooms and open floor plan of the quintessential 60’s style modern beach cottage with state of the art building science, the latest renewable energy technologies, and fiber-composite materials repurposed from the boat building industry.
The result is a building armored against extreme weather that uses 90% less energy than its conventional cousins, powers itself through clean solar energy, and in the aftermath of a storm becomes a hub for emergency power to the neighborhood… all of this packaged as a comfortable, beautiful beach house.
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.