CUNY BA Sarah Kabalkin at the 2015 Solar Decathlon

Dura House
DURA Home- NYCCT Submission to 2015 Solar Decathlon Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

CUNY BA student, Sarah Kabalkin, was a part of Team Dura (Diverse, Urban, Resilient, Adaptable) of over sixty CityTech students participating in the project. Their work emphasized an urban approach to resilient, energy-efficient housing that adapts to the needs of diverse city and its people.

The only team from New York City and the only team comprised entirely of undergraduate students, Team DURA, was among the top 20 participants selected for the final round of the 2015 competition that took place in October at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

CUNY BA is the University-wide, individualized degree. It is an exciting, versatile, rewarding degree route for highly motivated, self-directed students whose academic goals transcend traditional majors. Students create their own degree plans working directly with faculty mentors and academic advisors.