Two UCI teams will participate in the 2023 Orange County Sustainability Decathlon | UCI News

July 6, 2022 – Two groups of engineers from the University of California, Irvine – one in partnership with Orange Coast Community College and the other from the UCI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – are among the 18 teams chosen to participate in the 2023 Orange County Sustainability Decathlon.

OCSD23 is a collegiate competition that challenges multidisciplinary teams from architecture and engineering schools to design, build and exhibit innovative net-zero energy buildings with sustainable materials and cutting-edge technology. Teams have 17 months to produce their homes, which will then be showcased at the OC Exhibition Center in October 2023. Homes will be judged in 10 categories related to sustainability, design, efficiency, comfort and communications/marketing .

A grant from the State of California finances the competition and each selected team receives a starting capital of $100,000 to start their project. Participants will then have to raise a lot more funds to build the designs of their dreams. In addition to the two UCI teams, others selected include California State Universities Fullerton, Long Beach and Northridge; Loyola Marymount University; UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz; Rancho Cielo Building Academy in Salinas; as well as universities in Washington State, Arizona, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, United Kingdom and China. The public will be invited to view the collection of affordable, market-ready homes once they are complete.

Both UCI teams will engage undergraduate and graduate students and involve industry partnerships.

The UCI/OCC team is developing an effective Modular Affordable Housing Unit (ADU) design that will fit into the backyard lots of Orange County’s largely suburban fabric, provide self-contained affordable housing energy and zero carbon, and promote sustainable lifestyles. Called Team MADE-OC (Modular Affordable Dwellings for the Environment-Orange County), the team leaders are passionate about bringing practical and innovative solutions to everyone who works and cares about the future of construction. homes, energy efficiency and sustainability. A key feature of their design is to use a steel framing kit to increase affordability and achieve a good scale design and adapt to community constraints and needs.

“Team MADE is a true partnership between the OCC and UCI with faculty and students who will work together to meet the challenges presented by the OCSD23 competition,” said Jennifer Wilkens, Executive Assistant to the Dean of UCI. , director of special projects and MADE-OC project manager. “Our vision is to serve local communities through affordable, resilient and sustainable housing solutions that will build equity and provide much needed housing.”

“OCSD23 gives OCC and UCI students the unique opportunity to design and build innovative solutions for their own communities,” said Rose Anne Kings, Professor of Architectural Technology at OCC. “Designing the house was a process of observing and responding to the needs of our own families and designing to enhance health and connection with nature, while maintaining a high level of energy efficiency. , water and materials. This is an important challenge that the students are excited to work on, and we aspire to make OC resilient to heat, drought, fires and the need to create strong connectivity of area.

The UCI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering team’s project, Design and Construction of an Innovative, Eco-Friendly, Net-Zero Energy Home, focuses on the application of a green building system, energy efficient and environmentally friendly, with an emphasis on using affordable and recycled sustainable building materials. The construction materials proposed will have effective thermal and acoustic properties to ensure occupant comfort and reduce energy, water and gas consumption. The home will also use innovative and affordable technologies including advanced solar panels, heat pumps, biogas, eco-friendly dual flush toilets, and smart electrical and water appliances to create a zero energy home that is affordable. and requires minimal construction time and working skills.

“Our strategies for creating energy-efficient model buildings are based on the principles of bioclimatic architecture and will include reducing energy loads, water demand, and selecting building systems that most efficiently use ambient energy sources. and heat sinks, and the use of efficient equipment and effective control strategies,” said project leader Ayman S. Mosallam, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

OCSD23’s goal is to accelerate the availability of sustainable housing that reflects design excellence and energy efficiency. Learn more about OCSD23 by visiting

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