The University of Nevada Las Vegas designed its DesertSol house to reflect the spirit of the Mojave Desert. With reverence to the sun as both a source of harsh conditions and a solution for sustainable living, DesertSol harnesses abundant sunlight for solar electricity while capturing rain to provide evaporative cooling and irrigation. The ultra-efficient house is envisioned as a vacation home for a seasonal retreat—a basecamp for desert adventures that responds to its unique environment. DesertSol makes careful use of the desert's solar and water resources. Its design fuses modern architecture with a weathered aesthetic, the comfort of carefully selected materials, and the excitement of intriguing spaces to foster a spirit of openness and adventure.

As of 2018, DesertSol is on display as a permanent exhibit at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The Springs Preserve is a cultural institution on 180 acres of natural exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking trails, and desert-living educational facilities that was built around the original water source of Las Vegas. More than 280,000 visitors a year view the house and learn more about sustainable living. The DesertSol project house serves as both an exhibit and model for sustainable homes of the future.


Browse the Solar Decathlon 2013: DesertSol Collections:

DesertSol: Competition Materials

DesertSol: Image Gallery

DesertSol: Marketing and Promotion

DesertSol: Planning and Design