Northwestern University broke ground last week on House by Northwestern, an energy-efficient building that will be entered into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon this fall. A team of about 50 Northwestern students are taking this opportunity to put science theory into practice, according to Jay Walsh, Northwestern's Vice President of Research. The project is designed with solar panels on the roof, ultra-efficient heating and cooling, and photocatalytic surfaces that break down harmful pollutants in the air. Once complete, the project is expected to be 90% more efficient than an average Chicago area home.
Power Construction is among more than 20 organizations supporting the effort, including architect Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill who designed the sustainable project. More information can be found on Northwestern's website.