Meet Our Participating Teams
Get ready to witness an extraordinary showcase of innovation and eco-consciousness as nearly 15 college teams, hailing from various corners of California, the United States, and beyond, proudly present ultra sustainable, innovative homes that they designed and will build. For more than a year, these teams have worked hard to craft highly efficient dwellings, each embodying the epitome of sustainability. From October 5-8 and 12-15, 2023, join us at the OC Fair & Event Center to explore these visionary homes during public tours. The event culminates in the crowning of the winner of the inaugural Orange County Sustainability Decathlon, a celebration of sustainability’s boundless possibilities!
With an emphasis on sustainable, affordable design and a spirit energized by the power of collaboration, our team embraces the possibilities of sustainable, resilient, forward-thinking construction design.
Team Roots is a diverse, multi-disciplinary assembly, encompassing over 70 dedicated students who have contributed to bring the Roots House to life at the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon.
The common thread that brings our team together is our passion for finding sustainable solutions to the housing crisis that is prevalent across the country – delivering a sustainable, safe, affordable, and accessible home.
teamMADE is a partnership between UC Irvine and Orange Coast College. Our team of students, faculty, and staff is designing, engineering, and building an innovative, sustainable house for our community.
Our team evolved from the Carter's lab applied physics students who had dreams of building an affordable sustainable home, and they partnered up with Rachel Carson College, where Carter is Provost, to bring in resources and more students to make their dreams a reality.
We are committed to a triple A principle of housing: accessibility, affordability, and adaptability. These are our values as a team and a community in hands-on application of academic thought.