Sika Roofing will once again be represented in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will take place from Oct. 8-18, 2015, at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

This year, Sika donated roofing materials to the Stevens Institute of Technology team from New Jersey. Stevens is working on a solar-powered and flood-resistant home for the New Jersey shoreline, called the SURE HOUSE. The term "SURE" stems from the words “sustainable” and “resilient.” After the competition ends, the SURE HOUSE will be moved back from California to New Jersey and become a resiliency center in a town along the shore.

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Click here to watch a wonderful time-lapse video of the Sarnafil roofing system being installed.

“We were looking at products which are suitable for a high-stress environment, especially on the exterior,” said Ed May, project manager for the SURE HOUSE. “We naturally thought that the Sika products, such as the solar-ready roofing, would be ideal.”

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002, and the competition has been held biennially since 2005. The 2015 competition will feature a total of 17 teams.

"We chose to use a Sarnafil roof for two main reasons: efficiency and buildability," said A.J. Elliott, a Stevens graduate student and the project's electrical engineer. "As a flat roof system, the sloped insulation is beneficial to our home's thermal efficiency in addition to being more reflective and cooler. For buildability, we need to take the SURE HOUSE apart into three modules and the Sarnafil system is much easier to repair when we rebuild the home in California for the competition and then again back here in New Jersey."

 

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The Solar Decathlon prides itself on serving three main purposes: First, the competition educates students and the public about the money-saving opportunities and environmental benefits presented by clean-energy products and design solutions. Second, it demonstrates to the public the comfort and affordability of homes that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems available today. Finally, the decathlon provides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation's clean-energy workforce.

"We are very excited to compete in this years Solar Decathlon," Elliott said. "Having gotten fourth place overall and second place in architecture in the 2013 Decathlon, we've really analyzed our past successes and shortcomings to help us design and build a beautiful, efficient home that we think has the potential to win."

With this year’s submission, Sika Roofing has now donated materials to teams competing in each of the past three competitions.

In 2013, a team from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte used a Sika Sarnafil G410 EnergySmart membrane on its entry, UrbanEden. Back in 2011, Sika donated supplies to ENJOY House, a joint entry from Team New Jersey – consisting of Rutgers and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Installation of the SURE HOUSE’s Sika roofing system was completed by Delta Contracting Services, Inc., which generously donated time and labor in order to complete the project. Delta is part of Sika Roofing’s Partners Club and has maintained Elite-level status for a number of years.