New Jersey college wins national solar decathlon

A northern New Jersey college has earned a national honor for building a hurricane-resistant and energy-efficient coastal home that was inspired by Superstorm Sandy.

Stevens Institute of Technology won the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon on Saturday, beating out 13 other universities. The 6,800-student school in Hoboken was one of the smallest schools in the competition.

Dozens of Stevens’ students built the home, with guidance from faculty, to withstand hurricane-force winds and flooding.

Dubbed the “Sure House,” it was assembled in Hoboken over several months and had to be built in three separate modules that were transported on tractor-trailers to California.

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