As corporations, governments and innovators across the world seek affordable clean energy solutions to respond to the threat of climate change,
"I am incredibly proud of our team," said Stevens President
Designing and constructing Ecohabit was an enormous, two-year collaborative effort that involved more than five dozen Stevens students with expertise in engineering, design, architecture and computer science.
The single-family home meets today's highest energy standards by embedding numerous innovative systems and technologies, including solar shingles, phase-change materials, a rainwater harvesting system with green wall and green roof, a condensate misting system, a desiccant system and a recirculating heat pump.
Most unique is its ingenious central control system, which takes data from sensors located throughout the home to preserve energy and teach the home's occupants to live more sustainably.
"Ecohabit is designed to change the relationship between a home and its user, guiding homeowners toward a practical, more sustainable lifestyle," said
Ecohabit was completed this summer at a building site on the
There, competing against teams from the
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