Rice Solar Decathlon

The Rice Solar Decathlon House, or "ZERO HOUSE" is a 520 square foot zero energy home designed for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon by students from Rice University. The house is run completely off of solar power generated on site, through the use of a photovoltaic array and solar hot water system that collects solar energy. The ZEROW HOUSE is not only technologically innovative, it is also affordable, demonstrating that solar power is viable and that zero energy houses can be an attainable goal for many. Every two years, the U.S. Department of Energy hosts the Solar Decathlon competition, where 20 teams from universities in the United States and abroad design and build up to 800 square foot houses that showcase sustainable and renewable design elements. The solar powered houses were on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in October 2009, where they were judged in 10 contests and open for public tours.

Ryan was a core team member for the Rice Solar Decathlon while at Rice University in Houston, Texas. 

Photo Credits: Eric Hester

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