Ferris students set to attend Solar Decathlon

BIG RAPIDS — Three teams of Ferris State University students have been selected among 55 teams representing 38 universities advancing as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge.

The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that prepares the next generation of building professionals to design and build high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables. 

Finalist teams are set to compete in the Solar Decathlon competition event, April 22-24, 2022, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. There will be virtual participation available for students who are unable to travel to the in-person competition. 

Up to 10 teams per division were selected as finalists, with divisions spanning the following building types: new housing. retrofit housing, attached housing, multifamily building, office building, and education building.

Cylee Weining, one of the Ferris team leaders and a third-year engineering student, said the opportunity to participate is unique and educational.  

“As third-year architecture students, we decided to take part in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to gain real-world experience,” Weining said. “Competing in the competition will provide us with valuable experiences to implement in future projects when employed after graduation. As participants, we have chosen either to focus our Solar Decathlon project on new construction or an existing building or home.

“Throughout the competition, we will transform our chosen building or home into an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, net zero project,” she added. “As a leader, I get to conduct all the behind-the-scenes planning of the project. I make sure everyone in the team is working towards a unified project.”

Members of Weining’s team include Adrianna Georg, Alex Garber, Makenna Karst, and Ashleigh Armstrong. 


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