Designed with roof-integrated solar panels, ultra-efficient heating and cooling systems, and photocatalytic surfaces that break down harmful pollutants in the air, the student-led House by Northwestern (HBN) is a showcase of sustainable living.
A ceremonial groundbreaking in June marked the start of a three-month construction plan that will conclude with rigorous testing of the home’s energy-efficient systems. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. on August 23 at 669 Colfax Street in Evanston.
As Northwestern’s first-ever entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon — a biennial collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered homes — HBN will be disassembled and shipped to Denver this fall. There, the Northwestern team will rebuild the house to compete against a dozen other entries in contests such as architecture, energy production, innovation, market potential, and communications.
Knudsen Construction Inc. has started work on the south (seen here) and north decks. The HBN team envisions residents enjoying barbecues here on warm summer days.
Electrical conduit and light fixtures were installed thanks to a partnership with Kelso-Burnett, Co., whose employees have also mentored the HBN team on how to design an efficient electrical system for the home.
HBN was fire-proofed as a new sprinkler system was installed with the helpf of partner The Hill Group.
An exterior rendering of HBN by George Baciu at AS+GG Architecture.
Roof-integrated solar panels have only been available for purchase for a couple months, and the HBN team was extremely excited to incorporate them into their solar home thanks to GAF - Roofing.
The walls go up with help from Evanston Lumber.
An interior rendering of HBN by George Baciu at AS+GG Architecture.
Don Stark, second from left, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, visited HBN to check out the home’s progress with faculty advisor, Dick Co, far left, and project and construction managers, Billy Bach, second from right, and Steve Staley.
Columns are up and soon HBN will have walls. Thanks to the generosity of Central Piers, HBN has a strong foundation.