In 2009 Ohio State made their first appearance in the Solar Decathlon. The house placed in the top ten for the competition with passive and active strategies packaged in a holistic solution that was both fresh and undeniably "Ohio." The house made use of recycled and local materials to capture Ohio’s rich heritage. More than 60 students from about 20 different majors and an extensive variety of backgrounds contributed to the project over the 2 years that it took to complete the house.
The design emphasized flexibility with a central space that had the ability of being transformed between bedroom, living room, and dining room. Its conservative approach favored a smaller footprint, requiring less energy and building materials. Natural day-lighting and ventilation combined with the solar panels and solar hot water created an effective mix of active and passive strategies. The result was a house that serves as a practical, innovative, and beautiful solution to the housing needs we face today.