Exploring Environmental Technology: Developing a New Energy Eco-System

Project Description

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon project showcases the future of the built environment: high-performance buildings so energy-efficient that their annual energy use can easily be offset with renewable energy. "Exploring Environmental Technology: Developing a New Energy Eco-System" will examine the Solar Decathlon and look to take small scale buildings to the next level through a variety of advancements, including making them more affordable for families; incorporating grid-interactive technologies; improving construction productivity; providing greater comfort and healthier indoor environments; and optimizing operational efficiency with resilient solutions that will stand the test of time.

This applied research project will be developed by multidisciplinary teams, providing the opportunity to learn not only about building science but also about financial analysis, teamwork, oral and visual presentation, and other skills key to ensuring the viability of building projects in the studio and beyond. The student researcher will help coordinate the research effort, attend meetings, assist in data collection and create visual representations of the research.

Project Department


Researcher Requirements

Approx. 10-hours per week. Students are expected to attend weekly meetings, report the progress and communicate with team members. In addition to the research approach described above, a first-year student would be expected to contribute by conducting a literature survey and assisting the data collection and documenting the results graphically (visualizing research). Further, the student will be expected to participate and attend monthly meetings for the newly formed KSU campus chapter of The Climate Reality Project.

Project Duration

August/September 2019 to May 2020


Liz Martin-Malikian