SU+RE HOUSE: A Model of Resiliency

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What uses 90% less energy than its conventional cousins, serves as an emergency power hub for the neighborhood after a storm, and has custom fiber-composite flood proofing integrated into the wall, floor, and roof assemblies, plus an off-grid, direct DC solar hot water system? The SURE HOUSE, designed by students of the Stevens Institute of Technology, won last year's US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. It’s a home designed to mitigate climate change and prepare inhabitants—and neighbors—for rising seas and increasingly severe storms. See a special presentation from the project's student team leads on its resiliency features and what elements of the design may be scalable for larger buildings.

The SURE HOUSE team took first place overall in the October 2015 contest, after an unprecedented streak of winning first in seven individual contests, including Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Commuting, Appliances and Home-Life.

Thank you to our event partners Parsons The New School and AIANY COTE and our co-host Parsons School of Constructed Environments.



AJ Elliott
Student Electrical Engineer, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

AJ is a second year Master’s student at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Product Architecture and Engineering program. Within his role of the Solar Decathlon team, AJ developed an islanding solar system for blackouts, integrated a disaster-ready community charger, and implemented a system for home energy monitoring.

Chris Hamm
Student Energy Engineer and Construction Manager, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

Chris is a second year Master's student at Stevens Institute of Technology and is studying to become a Certified Passive House Consultant as well as a LEED Green Associate. His undergraduate research on adapting the Passive House standard to U.S. climate zones helped him to successfully direct the energy modeling and construction of the SURE HOUSE.

Tom King
Student Fabrication Specialist, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

Tom is a Master’s student at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Product Architecture and Engineering program. He worked heavily in the research, design and fabrication of floodproofing prototypes on the SURE HOUSE including the waterproof sheathing layer and storm shutter systems.

Elizabeth Lamb
Student on the Energy Modeling Team, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

Elizabeth completed her undergraduate work this past spring as a Mechanical Engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology. She coordinated the operation of the SURE HOUSE and worked on the energy modeling team with a focus on appliances.


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