Category: Solar Decathlon Projects


  • CAP Students Design and Build a House

    2023 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge Since the Summer of 2021 a multi-disciplinary group of Ball State Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) students and faculty have ventured into a five-semester-long design and build project for the 2023 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, an international competition conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy. During this two-year […]

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  • Ball State CAP Celebrated the Future Build of the Eco-Friendly Duplex, Alley House

    R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) hosted a public groundbreaking event on July 13 that celebrated the future construction of an affordable, net-zero energy, sustainable duplex family home in Indianapolis’ Near Eastside designed by a team of CAP students and faculty. The event included several educational stations about the duplex, yard games, and […]

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  • Ball State Solar Decathlon Project History

    2013 SD Build – Collaboration with University of Louisville Market Strategy: The Phoenix house is designed for middle-class families affected by tornados or other natural disasters. Although designed to be built quickly, it is also designed to be durable, safe, and sustainable—reflecting a spirit of permanence and resilience. For its owners, the ultra-efficient house is designed for long-term comfort and cost savings. 2017 Race […]

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  • College of Architecture and Planning Student Teams Advance to Finals of Solar Decathlon Competition

    All six of the Ball State’s student teams from the University’s College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) competing in this year’s Solar Decathlon Design and Build Challenges—a  U.S. Department of Energy competition—have advanced to the finals in the categories of New Housing, Retrofit Housing, Attached Housing, and Office Building and Education Building. Five of the six teams are […]

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  • Ball State Places in the Solar Decathlon Competition

    Each year students from the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. This year, CAP had two teams taking third place in two categories, the “Urban Single-Family” and  “Elementary School” divisions. The purpose of the competion is to challenge students to design and build highly […]

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  • CAP Sudents Placing in 2020 Solar Decathlon Design Competition

    Four Ball State teams were selected as finalist for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. Teams competing in the competition work for one or two academic semesters preparing creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. Each category awards a first, second, and honorable mention place. This year, our students submitting […]

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