The Missouri S&T team’s house, called SILO, was one of 11 entries in the design competition. Entries in the Solar Decathlon were judged by a panel of experts in 10 categories, ranking from appliances and architecture to energy use and market potential.
A team from Switzerland won the competition. A team from the University of Maryland finished second, and a team of students from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Denver finished third. The Missouri S&T Solar House Design Team finished third in two categories, architecture and innovation.
SILO, which stands for Smart Innovative Living Oasis, is designed for a middle-aged couple looking to find a smaller home to for more sustainable living. SILO was designed to with technology that is user-friendly and intuitive for the homeowner.
This was the seventh time a Missouri S&T team designed and built an entry for the Solar Decathlon. Previous entries are now in use as student housing on campus at Missouri S&T’s Solar Village and EcoVillage.