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MIDC Teams Win Awards in Department of Energy Competition

MIDC Team Win Dept of Energy Competitions

Graduate Students in the Master of Integrated Design and Construction (MIDC) Program in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) won several awards in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge Home Student Design Competition to develop cost-effective zero-energy homes for mainstream builders. Working under the direction of Professors Christian Dagg and Mike Thompson, the students designed two prototypes for a 1,600 square foot house that costs $110 per square foot to build.

The Auburn teams presented their schemes at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, on April 26‒27. They were competing against 28 schools from across the United States and Canada. The MIDC Orange Team (Babajide Amole, Gauri Deshpande, Jonathan Lewis, Taylor Payne, Thomas Simpson, and Stephen Sutherland) won “Best Design Solution,” and MIDC Blue Team (John Alexander Gandy, Tanmayee Govikar, Michael Jennesse, Braden Lasher, Martha Merzig, Spencer Pursley, and Michael Stricklin) won “Best Presentation “ and special recognition for “Subject Area Award: Design Goals” and  “Subject Area Award: Net Zero Design Integration.”

The Auburn University Master of Integrated Design and Construction Program is one of the only degree-granting programs in the United States that is jointly housed between construction management and architecture programs—Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Science and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

View the presentation boards below. 

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