One Passion, Two Teams
We are an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley with a shared passion for sustainability in the built environment. SHAC is the result of a merger between the Solar Decathlon team and Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY).
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that inspires student teams to design and build highly efficient buildings powered by renewables, while optimizing for key considerations including affordability, resilience, and occupant health.
Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) originally began as a band of graduate students who entered and won second place in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Tiny House Competition in Fall 2016. The Tiny, Living Lab aimed to design and build a net-zero energy, off-grid tiny house that represents a frontier for energy and water efficient residential construction.
What We Believe In
We utilize sustainable systems and technologies, including solar panels, behavior-adaptive electrical systems, greywater filtration, high-performing insulation materials, and energy usage tracking sensors.
We aim to democratize environmentally sustainable technology and affordable housing through education, community engagement, and partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits.
We hope to create models that are scalable and cost-effective through modular development processes that compound our social and environment impact towards green living and sustainable design practices.
We train our members in all disciplines from architecture, engineering, social policy, to urban planning, providing an interdisciplinary perspective to approaching real world issues, not limited to housing.
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