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Students build energy-efficient, hurricane-resistant house

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Stevens Institute of Technology students built an energy-efficient and hurricane-resistant house as part of a partnership with Public Service Energy Group.
Stevens Institute of Technology students built an energy-efficient and hurricane-resistant house as part of a partnership with Public Service Energy Group. - ()

Stevens Institute of Technology students have constructed a house designed to withstand hurricanes in a project tied to a Public Service Energy Group partnership, and PSEG and Stevens officials held a reception Tuesday night to toast the accomplishment.

Built with fiber-composite materials repurposed from the boat-building industry, the house uses 90 percent less energy than most houses and powers itself through clean solar energy.

PSEG paid to ship it to New Jersey from California, where it had been in competition. It’s now on permanent exhibit at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

Stevens professor John Nastasi oversaw the design of the house.

“It was an academic endeavor that was research-based,” Nastasi said. “It was not about a commercial endeavor.”

The project cost $750,000 in research and $350,000 in building supplies, he said.

PSEG also gave $1.5 million to Stevens, which the school is using to add new faculty positions, Ph.D. scholarships and undergraduate research scholarships.

“It makes a ton of sense for us to wind up here today,” PSEG President and COO Ralph LaRossa said at the reception.

Stevens President Nariman Farvardin noted Stevens has placed more than 200 graduates at PSEG.

“Generations of students have benefitted from your generosity,” Farvardin said.   

The SU+RE House is now a permanent exhibition the Liberty Science Center with tours available throughout the day.
The SU+RE House is now a permanent exhibition the Liberty Science Center with tours available throughout the day. - (Photo / )
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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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