2017 Design Concept
In addition to a home that blends cost-effectiveness, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency, for 2017 the UNLV team chose to design a home that meets a growing social need — an aging-in-place home.
Nationally it is projected that by 2030 one out of every five people in the United States will be 65 or older. This "graying" of America’s population through which the proportion of people in older age groups grows faster than the proportion of the population in younger age groups, is referred to as the "Gray Tsunami."
To address this, UNLV’s home combined accessibility and interior comfort with wireless integrated technology. The design serves as a smart-home that helps older adults and those with disabilities move safely in their home and communicate with family and social services, enabling them to remain in their homes and prevent transfer to an institutionalized care facility.
“The entire UNLV community is so proud of the dedication, persistence, and successes of Team Las Vegas – they embody everything our university, and our city, stand for,” said Len Jessup, president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “This was truly a collaborative effort and a lifetime experience that no one involved will ever forget.”