ISD Recruitment

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Illinois Solar Decathlon is seeking highly dedicated students to join the Build Team for both the Summer and Fall 2020 segment of The 2020 Build Challenge ( The ISD Build Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in the design, coordination and actual construction of a Net-Zero House on campus. Currently, we are in the final quarter of the 2-year long challenge that was started in August 2018. We are building a 1200 square-foot modular home for a single family. The house will be tested and exhibited on our campus next summer and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Mall, Washington DC during the Summer of 2021.


The Build Team is comprised of 9 sub-teams:

Architecture Structure Construction Management Water Photovoltaics & Electric HVAC & Energy Analysis App Development Lighting, Automation, and Home Appliances Marketing, Finance, and/or Sponsorship

We are seeking students who are passionate about disciplines such as: sustainability, architecture, engineering, and business. Prior experience in disciplines such as HVAC, photovoltaics, plumbing, energy analysis, architecture, structural design, sustainability, etc. is taken into consideration. The following tasks will be undertaken this summer and the following semester:

Construction drawings: They will prepare revisions and upgrades to the existing document set, Project schedules, specifications, and bills of quantities: They will prepare revisions and upgradations to the existing document sets, Marketing package: They will develop project presentations, exhibition design, posters, photo & videography, Sponsorship: Working closely with the specifications team, they will reach out to market partners and manufacturers for product donations and follow up with the existing partners to assist in procurement. 

The success of our team's work during the past 1.5 years has strongly relied on dedicated individuals who are passionate about their tasks and are willing to learn from other members of the team. The teams will meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each and will need to dedicate 5-6 hours/week outside of their meetings to help work towards the project deadlines.


This is a great platform for students seeking to get some practical experience in building construction, marketing, and project management, and great for those vying for a career in modular housing, building technologies, building performance, and sustainable architecture. Since it is a student-run project, we are always excited to hear and execute proposals that enhance our design!


Students interested may fill out the application here:


Once it is filled out we will contact you shortly.


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