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Oct 11, 2017

Solar Decathlon: 8 Sustainable Products in the Missouri S&T SILO Home

Missouri S&T solar decathlon house

The University of Missouri S&T Solar House Design Team has participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon since the beginning in 2002, and has more Solar Decathlon experience than any other team. Building of what they’ve learned from past competitions, the house the team designed for this year’s entry is called the Smart Innovative Living Oasis, or SILO for short.  

SILO is designed for a couple looking to move into a smaller, more efficient luxury home. Taking inspiration from the past to create the future, SILO encompasses the traditional features of a farmhouse design, including large openings with expansive views, wraparound porches, beamed ceilings, an open floor plan, and an abundance of natural wood. The team adapted these features into a modern style with natural colors and a simple, clean design.

Jennifer Nickel, the team’s director of design, noted several differences between this house and previous years’ entries. The last house, for example, made extensive use of recycled materials, including shipping containers, and “a lot more wood colors,” Nickel says. This year, the team used standard wood framing construction and a neutral color palette. Among the student-designed innovations in the house is a water wall that will be used to help greywater moving, a common problem in residential greywater systems.

Here are eight sustainable products Team Missouri S&T used in SILO.


This story is part of a series covering the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon competition, which will occur in Denver, Colo., from Oct. 5-15. Leading up to the event, the PRODUCTS team is bringing you the coolest green building and design products in a number of the 11 competing universities’ homes.