After Hurricane Sandy hit the west coast of New Jersey in 2012, college students took action.
They have designed and built a solar house that can survive in strong winds, power during power outages, and even allow neighbors to charge their electronics.
A team from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New YorkJ.
Won the highest honor in the two-year Solar Decathlon 2015 competition sponsored by the United StatesS.
The Department of Energy ended Sunday in Irvine, California.
Representing 14 teams of 23 universities from five countries competing to build the most economical, attractive and efficient solar energy-powered home.
Stevens solshouse, considered to be a future home along the sea, scored the highest overall score, out of 10 individual categories, including 7 categories of construction, engineering and market appeal
Stevens also played in the 2011 and 2013 seasons.
The project is to create a truly livable home for coastal community families most affected by climate change,. J.
Elliot, a graduate student of the Stevens team.
There are double in the House
Folding storm blinds, made of composite foam cores, wrapped in fiberglass, blocking debris and water in bad weather.
Overall, the University of Buffalo ranked second (
State University of New York)
There is an indoor greenhouse where food can be grown for a year.
The third place is the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Many families include vertical gardens, spacious terraces, movable walls and floorsto-
Smart Windows ceiling.
They have to produce at least as much power as they use and also charge the car.
Each team received $50,000 from Doe but had to raise the rest of the money. This obstacle forced some universities, including Yale, to withdraw.
The two teams won the affordability competition for less than $250,000.
The University of California, Davis, has just come in and is estimated to cost $249,312 to buy a house.
The cheapest house, estimated at $120,282, was built by a team of Western New England University, the University of Panama and the University of Honduras.
This story is part of a special series to explore energy issues.
For more, please visit the huge energy challenges.
On Twitter: Follow Wendy Koch to get more environmental and energy coverage at NatGeoEnergy.