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Made With STILE Series: Project Overview

Made With STILE Series: Project Overview

Curious to know more about this cool looking house? If so, you’re in luck! This house is part of a collegiate student competition in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a competition in which teams design, build, and operate solar-powered houses. The goal of these houses is not only to be attractive and energy-efficient, but also cost-effective.


Courtesy of the WVU-UTV Solar Decathlon Team

This particular house, the STILE House, is the entry from the WVU-UTV Team for this year’s competition. Bestlaminate is excited to be a part of this year’s sponsors and provide some amazing flooring for inside the house!

Project Overview:

STILE: Sustainable Technologies Integrated in a Learning Experience (also Italian for Style)

Who: Nearly 50 students from West Virginia University and the University of Roma Tor Vergata. The project joins forces with a diverse range of student disciplines, including engineering, computer sciences, architecture, interior design and communications.

Where: The Solar Decathlon is held in Irvine, California. The STILE House will first be built from the ground up on the WVU campus, de-assembled and shipped to California to be entirely rebuilt in the competition.

When: The competition is from October 8-18, 2015

House Tour: The two universities joined forces to create a product that merges both the Italian and Appalachian design. Working together, they spent 2 years planning, creating proposals and designing the Eco-effecient house. Using shipping containers as the modular structure, they added innovative energy and design techniques to maximize efficiency, space, comfort and sustainability. Learn more about the house through this guided home tour courtesy of the WVU-UTV Solar Decathlon Team:

The Competition: 17 teams will go head to head to construct their homes in California. The homes will be judged based on these 10 events:

The WVU-UTV team is ready to win and hopeful for a victory! We’re honored to be involved in this project and we will be cheering them on from Ohio. Follow our Made with STILE Series for weekly project updates on the blog.


WVU-UTV Students in our Bestlaminate gear!

You can connect with the WVU-UTV team on social media for live posts:

P.S. – If you would like to get involved and donate to the team, you can make your donation here.

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