UF Team Wins First Place in the US DOE Solar Decathlon 2023 Design Challenge New Housing Division

The University of Florida won First Place in the New Housing Division of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2023 Design Challenge. Competition award winners were announced at the conclusion of the Solar Decathlon Competition Event in Golden, Colorado, April 20–23, 2023.

Students from 55 Finalist Teams represented 43 collegiate institutions from around the world competing in the 2023 Design Challenge. Teams competed in six different divisions: New Housing, Retrofit Housing, Attached Housing, Multifamily Building, Office Building, or Education Building. The New Housing division drew the most competitors. A detailed list of the winners is available at: https://www.solardecathlon.gov/event/2023-design-challenge-results.html.

The University of Florida team, known as the “Tebughna Fireweeds,” developed new housing prototypes for the Native Village of Tyonek, Alaska. Information about the project is available here: https://studiowalters.com/portfolio/tebughna-fireweed/.

Spring 2023 Project Team

Sophie Abel, Addison Besedic, Sydney Cherrington, Joshua Clark, Hannah Concepcion, Kaley Denaro, Abigail Duffey, Hayley Gillette, Garrett Gruttadauria, Caitlin Jennings, Mahtab Kouhi Rostamkolaei, Frank LaPuma, Valeria Lobo Colmenares, Juan Miri, Erica Morrissey, Joyce Ng, Thomas Slay, Courtney Smith, and Benjamin Spears

Final Competition Presentation Team

Sydney Cherrington, Hayley Gillette, Caitlin Jennings, Frank LaPuma, and Thomas Slay

Faculty Advisors

Bradley Walters, Mark Mcglothlin, and Robert Ries

Thank you to the University of Florida School of Architecture, friends, and alumni for financial support that allowed the presentation team to travel to NREL in Golden, Colorado for the final competition events.