UNLV Accepting Proposals for 2017 Student-Designed, Award-Winning, Solar-Powered Sinatra Living House

Bedroom of UNLV's Sinatra Living house in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 competition. (Credit: John De La Rosa/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, October 8, 2017)

Jun. 8, 2020

Nationally acclaimed, solar-powered home available for educational, personal or commercial use 


In 2017, an interdisciplinary team of University of Nevada, Las Vegas students designed and built a full-size solar-powered house to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition. The house won top innovation, architectural design and engineering awards.


Now the University is seeking proposals from interested community members who would like to own not only a part of UNLV history, but a beautiful, sustainably built, solar-powered house for residential, commercial or public use. 


“Sinatra Living represents the ingenuity, creativity and innovation of more than 100 students who volunteered their time for more than 24-months to design and build it,” said Rama Venkat, dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering “This house is more than just a structure to all who were involved in it, and now we want to share it with the community.”


UNLV’s participation in the competition was supported by friends, industry partners and the Department of Energy. The two-year project generated over $750,000 for the development of the model home including extensive sustainability research, construction and associated costs for the competition. While a specific sale amount is not being requested, proceeds generated from the sale of the home will be earmarked for future student research competitions.


Proposals are being accepted through an online form at www.unlv.edu/engineering/solar-decathlon, and transfer can occur as early as July 1, 2020. 


“Most important to us is that this house finds a new home either where it can be viewed or used by community members in a public setting, or appreciated and lived in by an individual who is passionate about supporting sustainable design,” said Venkat.


Sinatra Living is fully equipped with solar panels, a Tesla storage battery, high-efficiency air conditioners, HEPA air filtration, radiant floor heating, high efficiency windows, insulation and lighting.  The house is designed to be fully operational on the grid, ready for water and sewer hook-up, and can also be operated off the grid. 


Sinatra Living is described as a sustainable designed two-piece modular home with 965 square feet (sf) of living space with an adjoining deck of 882 sf.  The concept earned first place in the architecture category, featuring room to room handicap-accessible movement, open space elements and planned technologies for individuals to remain independent for a lifetime. The design features include a master bedroom, a full bath with roll-in shower, living room, a flex room (office or second bedroom) with laundry area, and a large ADA-accessible kitchen/open living room layout.  Kitchen appliances, washer and dryer and some furnishings are included.  A spacious front deck nearly doubles usable space and the deck’s ramp can be replaced with a carport.    


The awardee will be responsible for all costs of moving the house from the UNLV campus.  The house consists of two separate trailer modules along with a deck and mechanical pod (flat-bed truck size).    


A full description of features and conditions for property transfer including a proposal form to make an offer for consideration can be obtained by visiting www.unlv.edu/engineering/solar-decathlon.