UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee Plans for Future in Clean Energy Competition

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Team ‘Net Zero Wisconsin’ Takes Second Place in Nation-wide Engineering Student Design Competition

The road to victory has been long for eight students studying the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, each majoring in Engineering or Interior Architecture. Last August 2015 they applied to the national U.S. Department of Engineering (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition the helps students  uncover real-world energy solutions to reduce the cost of living for homeowners, particularly first time home buyers.

During the school year the UW team developed their ‘Net Zero Wisconsin’ brand,collaborated, attended webinars and science training, and worked to develop leadership skills designed to inspire future generations with clean and affordable energy.


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A priority of the Forward House project was maintaining thecraftsman style of the area while delivering comfort, affordability, and high-energy performance.

The key component of their efforts was the development of Forward House in the 30th corridor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Through their energy solutions, the two-story, four-bedroom and two-bathroom structure maintained a monthly utility bill of $51 through several clean-energy improvements.

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In April of 2017, Net Zero Wisconsin joined teams from across the nation in Golden, Colorado, to present their work to industry leaders.The Forward House placed the students in second place overall within the urban single-family housing competition.

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