Three years ago next week, when Superstorm Sandy swept through the New York City area, the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., was right in the line of fire. The experience gave the school’s engineers and architects plenty of food for thought on how to design a storm-proof coastal building. So when the Obama administration launched the 14th annual Solar Decathlon—a contest to build the most badass, cutting-edge, solar-powered home—they put pen to paper and hammer to nail.
The result is the Sure House (a take on “shore house”), which was awarded first place in the competition this weekend. The house, shown off in the video above, is custom-built for the Jersey Shore, hardened against hurricanes, and uses a fraction of the energy of a normal house. It has tons of cool features: It’s sealed water-tight against up to six feet of flooding; gets 100 percent of its power from solar panels that are designed to stay operational even when the electric grid goes down; and regulates its temperature without using any power for air conditioning or a heater, by using custom-built insulation and ventilation. (David Roberts at Vox has more details.)
Oh, and it’s also really attractive and cozy:
Reach for the stars, because sometimes reality can far exceed your expectations. Just wanted to welcome everyone who has recently joined our social media! The next couple months are going to be super exciting, so we hope you all stay tuned. Happy Friday everyone! #SUREHOUSE #stevenstech #beforeandafter #expectationsvsreality #render #sd2015 #solardecathlon #tgif
In just a few short days it’ll finally be time to start taking this beauty apart in order to ship it to Irvine, California for the competition. If you’d like to get one last glimpse of the house in one piece before it leaves, make sure to stop by the site this Friday at 5 pm! #openhouse #lastchance #SUREHOUSE #stevenstech #solardecathlon #SD2015
Maybe there’s hope that we’ll survive climate change, after all.