“The SURE HOUSE is a prototype to demonstrate how the state-of-the-art in highly energy efficient solar-powered housing design can be embodied in an attractive dwelling engineered for both livability and sustainability,” Elliott said. “The SURE HOUSE goes further by also being designed to be resilient to the impact of extreme weather, especially those experienced in coastal communities such as in the recent Superstorm Sandy, which caused massive damage and destruction.”
According the Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation, PSEG’s partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology is aligned with the company’s corporate citizenship priorities which include collaborating with organizations that promote environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives and improving learning and educational opportunities in areas of STEM.
“This hands-on project moves students from the classroom to part of a team working together to solve real-world problems,” Lambert said in a press-release. “We are proud to support the construction of the SURE HOUSE to help these students learn teamwork and skills they can carry with them into STEM careers.”
After the Solar Decathlon, it is planned that the SURE HOUSE will be donated to Seaside Park, N.J. where it will serve as a public education facility addressing sustainable and resilient approaches to housing, especially in coastal communities and to the resources that support these communities.