The Solar Decathlon '17


Denver, United States


Selficient has the mission to build sustainable, customizable, self-efficient and attractive housing solutions by making the house modular and able to grow with the needs of the home owners. Lots of people may think sustainable living is not an option for them. Sustainable living should not be a privilege, but an option for everyone. With this concept we hope to give everyone access to a healthier and greener life. Why would only the wealthy have access to something that belongs to all of us: the earth?

We wanted to create a sustainable home that is affordable for everyone and with a new, sustainable building standard. The theme of the Solar Decathlon 2017 was self-sufficiency. We responded  to this by working with solar panels, filtered water and a greenhouse that regulated the temperatures. In other words, our concept for the Solar Decathlon 2017 was simple: a circular, modular and self-sufficient house with a modern exterior that is affordable for everyone. Below, you can read more about the core elements of our concept.


"Our mission is to create a house that is
sustainable and affordable"






We spend two years designing and building our energy-efficient house. In the final competition we competed against 10 other student teams and their houses. We were judged on 10 different contests: architecture, market potential, engeneering, communications, innovation, water narrative, health and comfort, appliances, home life and energy.

The judges results....
We became 7th overall and won multiple contests: 4th place for architectural design, 3rd place
for water narrative, 2nd place for market potential and the one we are most proud of
has to be 1st place for the People's Choice Award.


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