Tiny House Competition
Our Tiny House Competition recently received the 2017 Resource Efficiency & Community Service Award by the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) for the Best Community Service Program for a large utility.
"SMUD customers should be proud of their community- owned electric utility," said Barry Moline, CMUA executive director. "Their leadership and innovative ideas are helping save our natural resources, as well as bringing great value to the community."
Congratulations to everyone involved in the 2016 event. It was a huge success!
Thank you to our partner, Raley's, and all of the sponsors. And thank you to all the students and faculty who participated.
Photos and floor plans of the displayed houses are linked below.
"The Tiny House Competition – Build Small and Win Big" is a new competition in the Sacramento region, challenging collegiate teams to design and build net-zero, tiny solar houses.
The event, held Saturday, October 15 at Consumnes River College, was open to all colleges and universities in California. Participation promoted an interest in energy conservation, energy efficiency and green building and solar technologies. SMUD's Energy Education & Technology Center and Community Solar programs were proud to sponsor this event.
This event was modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. An educator or other school administrator mentored each team. During the two years leading up to the event, students designed and built energy-efficient houses. A stipend between $3,000 - $8,000 was be provided.
During the competition, students exhibited their houses to the public, judges and the media. The categories of the competition included architectural design, livability, communication, affordability, energy efficiency and balance, appliance load, technology/electrical and mechanical systems, transportation, sustainability and documentation. Teams were awarded trophies and monetary prizes.
Suzette Bienvenue, Energy Education & Technology Center
Brent Sloan, Community Solar