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.