Announcing participation in Race To Zero Student Competition

Sponsored by the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR the VT Team "Invent the Future" has been registered for this years competition

2014 DOE Challenge Home Competition participants

DOE's Race to Zero is in its second year. This year the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Housing Research has nominated the following team to compete in the "Race to Zero":
Teni Ladipo, a PhD student in EDP, who will be our Project Lead Developer; Susan Maddox, M.S. student in Building Construction, who will be our Chief Estimator; Marcelo de Almeida, a M.S. student in Architecture, who will be our Simulation Analyst; Sarah Scott, a M.S. in Urban Planning, who will lead Planning & Development; Greg Polinger, a Senior in Building Construction, Sustainable Building Performance track, who will be our Energy Simulation Specialist; and last but not least, Reid Miner, a Junior in Building Construction, Sustainable Building Performance track, who will take on the role of the Systems Specialist.

In support of me as faculty advisor I have enlisted Will Manion, as a "Faculty Advisor in Residence". Will is an Assistant Professor from the University of Maine, who is also a PhD student in BioBuild and our EDP doctoral Program.

The students will work with a design provided by K.Hovnanian, a production home builder, which provides additional challenges when striving for net zero energy cost on a tight budget, where every decision is put to scale.