ASUNM Team at a charrette in New Mexico

Team ASUNM at a charrette in New Mexico in March of 2012


Team ASUNM (Arizona State University and University of New Mexico) got its name from the acronyms of the two schools. Fortunately, it also spells out SUN where both southwestern states have plenty of. The home’s design reflects its name: SHADE [Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium]

Team ASUNM is a collaborative effort between engineering, architecture, and construction students at Arizona State University (ASU) and University of New Mexico (UNM).  Team ASUNM focuses on building materials and energy systems that are appropriate for the desert southwest – a part of the country expected to see continued population growth over the coming decades.


The Solar Decathlon is an applied learning experience.  Team ASUNM directly integrates engineering and architecture curriculum of ASU and UNM.  The Solar Decathlon challenge integrates the education and research missions of our universities in a use-inspired endeavor that motivates the engineers and architects of tomorrow to tackle the pressing problem of energy sustainability.


Through this effort, we focus on affordable photovoltaic solutions so that all members of our community can benefit from the endless supply of energy from the sun. In partnership with the engineers leading Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies Research Center, Team ASUNM not only integrates photovoltaic technology, but monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of alternative systems.


As part of the Solar Decathlon, teams compete in different categories – ranging from best architecture and engineering to energy production for heating and cooling – while gaining invaluable real-world experience in a growing global industry.  We seek to win the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition through design excellence married with affordability and consumer appeal while highlighting optimal solar technologies for energy production and maximizing building efficiency.