Check out our first of many infographics highlighting one of Ecohabit’s most unique features: our green roof and green wall technology!

Ecohabit’s green walls are located on the wet module and is used to filter rainwater. As the carbon footprint of each American continues to grow and have a lasting, irreversible impact, the need to turn to renewable energy soars. The green wall is a fascinating innovation of our house because it is a simple, inexpensive arrangement of native plants that requires little preparation, while the owner reaps the benefits from noise reduction, thermal insulation, water filtration, and air pollution reduction.

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The student team representing Stevens Institute of Technology celebrated the ribbon cutting of Ecohabit, the team’s net-zero solar home that will compete against 19 other teams in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Irvine, CA. in October 2013.

“This is a really exciting time for the team, because after so many months of pouring so much time into designing and engineering the house, they finally get to see it come off the paper and become real,” said Mark Pollock, the team’s project manager.

Pridefully wearing their colorful team t-shirts, the students gathered around Ecohabit’s “L” shaped foundation overlooking the New York City skyline to officially present the home to Stevens and the greater Hoboken community.

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28 Mar 2013
March 28, 2013

Student Spotlight: Paige Cataruozolo ’13

Meet Paige Cataruozolo, a member of the Business and Technology/Fundraising team!

Q- How did you get involved with Solar Decathlon?

PC- I got involved with this project when it was offered to the Business and Technology Senior Design class as a potential project.  My team and I were excited to be involved in a project that would actually make a difference as opposed to a theoretical project that would never come into fruition.

Q- What is your major and how are you contributing your skills to the project.

PC- I am a business and technology major with a concentration in marketing.

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22 Mar 2013
March 22, 2013

Student Spotlight: Alexis Moore ’13

Meet Alexis Moore, a member of the Computer Science and Cybersecurity team!

Q- How did you get involved with Solar Decathlon?

AM- I requested to join the Solar Decathlon for my senior design project and was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the representatives of my major.

Q- Are you excited for the Xpo in Irvine, California?

AM- Yes! I’m thrilled. I’ve never been to the west coast so while I’ll probably be on hand to help out at the house, I also want to do some sight seeing.

Q- How are you contributing your computer science skills to the project?

AM- I’ve been doing a bit of everything, which is common with my team.

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Who says green technology has to be new? A woman in Santa Cruz, Bolivia has been building homes that not only are durable and stable, but also are completely green by using recycled bottles as walls.

Ingrid Vaca Diez has been filling used soda bottles with dirt and mud and using them as bricks to create strong, insulated, and affordable houses for Bolivian families below the poverty line.

Her self-taught method of using recycled plastic bottles as bricks is ingenious, yet very similar in theory to other green technologies such as green walls. Green walls are walls composed of organic material that provide natural insulation, rainfall runoff preservation, and air quality improvements.

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