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Solar Decathlon

Sinatra Living

Sinatra Living is a student-designed and built, fully functioning house, and was UNLV’s entry into the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are energy-efficient, affordable and attractive.

UNLV was one of 17 university teams selected to compete in the 2017 competition. Sinatra Living took first place for Innovation and second place for both Engineering and Architecture.

The University is currently accepting proposals from the community for this approximately 1,800 square foot home (965 square feet of living space with an 882 square foot deck). Proposals which include a community benefit, or an educational or public display use for the structure, are encouraged.

Sinatra Living – General Information

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Background on Solar Decathlon

Sinatra Living marked UNLV’s second entry into a Solar Decathlon competition. In 2013, UNLV’s entry, DesertSol, took first place among U.S. teams, and second place overall in that year’s competition. It was designed to be responsive to the climate of the Mojave Desert and focused on creating indoor-outdoor connections that would allow residents to enjoy the beauty of its unique environment.

DesertSol is currently on permanent exhibit at the Springs Preserve.

UNLV was also selected to participate in the 2020 Solar Decathlon Build competition. The concept for UNLV’s 400- to 600-square-foot Mojave Bloom smart solar home is a place of healing and respite for military veterans suffering the adverse effects of wartime trauma. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon postponed its 2020 Build Challenge from June 2020 to April 16-18, 2021. For more information on Mojave Bloom, click here.