Warrior Home, a multidisciplinary student team at the University of Waterloo, designs and builds high-performing, net-zero energy, affordable, and sustainable homes for community housing organizations. The team has been working with the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations and Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce for several years to build the first net-zero Habitat for Humanity house on the Neyaashiinigmiing Reserve in Wiarton, Ontario. Through this collaboration, the team designed a single-family detached home that meets the unique needs of a family and the community. The design process began in 2017 and construction of the accessible four-bed, two-bath bungalow was completed in late 2019. The house was designed with affordability in mind, helping keep the initial cost of the house, utility bills and maintenance costs low. It generates all of its own energy through the aid of 37 solar panels on the roof.
One great thing about this project is that the design was almost completely done by students, and Habitat for Humanity and the Chippewas of Nawash were amazing partners who supported us throughout the process. It was so cool to be on the build site and actually see the design come to life, and it was also fun to present to the various juries at the competition in April to show off the great work we accomplished.
The team entered the house into an international student competition known as the US Department of Energy’s 2020 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, which was delayed as a result of COVID-19. Warrior Home won second place for their design, in addition to five other trophies for specific features of the house, including its financial feasibility, comfort, resilience, market potential and innovation.
Check out the home in the video below!
As for what's next, Warrior Home is working on forming a new partnership for the next Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. They will create a new design for the 2022 competition, then build the design and collect performance measurements for the 2023 competition.
In addition, the team wishes to grow. Waterloo Home is made up of diverse University of Waterloo students from three Faculties united by a common goal: sustainable development. They are eager to bring more diverse perspectives on board, especially students interested in finance (i.e., cost estimation and funding), marketing (i.e., graphic design or real estate), or anything else related to home design. A lot goes into the process, so the more diverse perspectives and ideas, the better!
If you have specific questions for Warrior Home and wish to reach out, you can email them at email@example.com, fill out the contact form on their website, or message them on Teams if you are a University of Waterloo member. You can also get involved right away by attending Warrior Home's weekly meetings, which take place Mondays at 6:30pm EST on Microsoft Teams during the Spring 2021 term. The link to their weekly meetings is available on their website - just click the 'Join Our Team' button on the left panel!
You can learn more about Warrior Home and their house here:
- Habitat for Humanity Canada
- US Department of Energy Solar Decathalon
- Warrior Home homepage
- Warrior Home project summary
- Warrior Home virtual award ceremony (begin watching at 1:31:39)
Congrats, Warrior Home! Thank you for your contributions to the community and sustainability!