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UC Berkeley Tiny House contest entry takes second place

 

Ten California Colleges competed in The Tiny House Competition at Cosumnes River College last weekend. Ten tiny houses were on display among 20,000 people, food trucks, a music pavilion and a vendor display area, where you could meet some of the vendors who were involved with the contest entries and entrants.

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The UC Berkeley Tiny House entry. The solar panels are from LG CHEM, the inverter from SolarEdge, and the energy storage system is Tesla PowerWall. American Solar was responsible for the integration and installation.

The 2016 Tiny House Competition—Build Small and Win Big" challenged collegiate teams to design and build net-zero, tiny solar houses. The event was open to all colleges and universities in California, and was designed to promote an interest in energy conservation, energy efficiency and green building and solar technologies. The SMUD Energy Education&Technology Center and Community Solar program were the proud sponsors of the event.

The Competition
This event, modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, had an educator or other school administrator mentor each team. During the two years leading up to the event, students designed and built the energy-efficient houses. Stipends between $3,000 - $8,000 were provided to each team.

Awards
During the week of competition, students exhibited their houses to the public, judges and the media. The ten categories of the decathlon included architectural design, livability, communication, affordability, energy efficiency and balance, appliance load, technology/electrical and mechanical systems, transportation, sustainability and documentation. On the last day, teams were awarded trophies and monetary prizes.

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The UC Berkeley entry, featuring a solar PV system and battery backup designed and installed by American Solar.

The event was held Cosumnes River College, and attracted over 20,000 people to the one day event. Prizes were awarded in a number of categories, and American Solar can proudly announce that the U.C. Berkeley entry won prizes for sustainability as well as for home life!

(For an even more outlandish project that involved American Solar, please see our solar PV system in the Amazon Jungle).

Here is the full list of winners:

2016 Tiny House Winners

Main Awards, Tiny House Competition
Santa Clara University

Architecture
Laney College

Communications
Santa Clara University

Home Life
U.C. Berkeley

Energy
Santa Clara University

People's Choice Award
College of the Sequoias

Additional Awards
Advanced Controls
C.S.U. Chico

Best Appetizer
C.S.U. Fresno

Best Bathroom
C.S.U. Sacramento

Best Craftsmanship
U.C. Berkeley

Best Curb Appeal
College of the Sequoias

Best Daylighting
Santa Clara University

Best Design
Laney College

Best Flooring
C.S.U. Chico

Best Furnishings
Laney College

Best Home Technology
C.S.U. Chico

Best Integrated Lighting
Santa Clara University

Best Interior Design
Santa Clara University

Best Kitchen Design
Santa Clara University

Best Landscaping
Laney College

Best Program
Santa Clara University

Best Sleeping Area
Cosumnes River College

SMUD Excellence Award
Cosumnes River College

Sold!
College of the Sequoias

Sustainability
U.C. Berkeley

Best Tour
Santa Clara University

Best Video
Laney College


Water Conservation
U.C. Berkeley

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