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SOLAR DECATHLON V
Re_home 04
UNVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Re_home is a sustainable manufactured home solution that can be deployed quickly to disaster area—and assembled in one day.


University of Illinois’ Re_home tackled disaster shelter head-on. Students, aware of the problems of much of the currently available emergency housing, strove to design a safe, quick-to-install, 987-sq.-ft., two-bedroom home for those made homeless by disaster. Transported in two modules on a single truck, Re_home can be ready for occupancy in a day, under optimal assembly conditions.


The home is designed to be affordable to operate, comfortable to live in and restorative of spirit. From the curb, Re_home looks anything but temporary and can indeed become permanent shelter. Students estimated construction cost of Re_home at $260,000. However, the Decathlon judges rated its construction costs at about $292,000—eighth in the category of affordability.


 


Outside, recycled steel canopies shade east and west porches from the sun. Landscaping includes integral gardens and durable materials.


TEAM: Seven faculty advisors led a large team of students, including: Beth Newman, Project Manager and Public Relations. Team Web site: http://www.solardecathlon.illinois.edu/index.php?page=content/team.html

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