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Join us for the Solar Decathlon Open House!

Please join us for the 2019 Solar Decathlon Student Design Competition Open House! Students from across the University worked with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County to design an affordable, easy to construct, and net-zero energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) design. Come learn more about this year’s project, as well as how to […]

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Habitat for Humanity

Solar Decathlon Students Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity!

With the temperatures dropping and leaves changing, Construction Supervisor for the Greater Centre County Habitat for Humanity, Larry Lucas, has been pushing to get the current build site at 351 Reynolds Ave in Bellefonte ready for winter. To help reach this goal, members of the Penn State Solar Decathlon Team volunteered on Saturday, October 20th […]


The 2018 Penn State Race to Zero Student Design Competition team and faculty advisers gather after winning the Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, organizers of Race to Zero. Pictured, left to right, are Sarah Zaleski, Ali Memari, Sarah Klinetob Lowe, Justin Charles, Carly Asadi, Neno Agnello, Sean Copeland, Sam Rashkin, and Rachel Romero. Image: Ellen Jaskol/NREL

First Place Finish at DOE Race to Zero 2018!

We are pleased to announce that Penn State came in FIRST PLACE in the Suburban Single Family Contest yesterday at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO! Students from across the University worked with S&A Homes to redesign their most popular floor plans into a 100% solar-powered Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH). For more […]


Graphics and text on poster describing researcher's work

Hamer Center Researcher Places FIRST in Humanities Division in Penn State Graduate Exhibition

Congratulations to Mahyar Hadighi, Ph.D. student in Architecture and Hamer Center for Community Design resident researcher for winning first place in the Humanities Division for his poster: “Adapting Modern Architecture to a Local Context: A Grammar for Hajjar’s Hybrid Domestic Architecture”. Hadighi will present his paper “Shape Grammar of Hajjar’s Hybrid Domestic Architecture: A Methodology […]


Students and professionals discussing the project inside a home under construction with paint cans around.

2018 Penn State Race to Zero | Continued Development

(Story and all photos by Chris Hazel) The 2018 Race to Zero competition has been hard at work over the past several weeks continuing to develop their zero-energy home design in collaboration with S&A Homes, one of the largest producers of homes in the central Pennsylvania region. Over the past two months, students have met […]


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