Tag: Ball State Design Build


  • ERV and HVAC Systems Have Been Installed in the Alley House

    Progress on the Alley House is steadily moving forward. The HVAC and ERV have been installed and Tara Kelly, Product Marketing Manager from Greenheck and Tony Rossi, our consultant engineer did an inspection on the ERV. The insulation sub-contractor, Go Green Insulation, Inc. also began installing the netting for the cellulose insulation on Friday, January […]

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  • Quartz Countertop Selection 

    The Alley House Team has been working with Olympia Stone out of Zionsville, IN, to make final selections for the house’s quartz countertop. Quartz was selected for the unit’s countertops because of its sustainable qualities and ability to have unique colors and textures. Quartz is durable, easy to clean, manufactured with recycled content, and is […]

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  • Framing Begins on the Alley House

    The Alley House uses a system of framing known as advance framing. This is a building technique used to optimize material usage by using 2×6 at 24” on center, compared to traditional framing of 2x4s at 16” on center. This makes better use of typical sheathing sizes resulting in less waste and labor. This larger […]

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  • Alley House Ground Breaking July 13, 2022

    The Solar Decathlon Team from Ball State University’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning invites you to the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Alley House, a small-footprint, net-zero, sustainable two-family home on an infill lot in Indianapolis’ Near Eastside. Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC) and Gratus Development collaborated on the Alley House, an interdisciplinary […]

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  • Another team win for the Alley House!

    Congratulations to the CAP faculty, staff, and students and partner Englewood CDC of Indianapolis! The Alley House project was awarded $25,000 in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program following two rounds of competition.  In Round One, the Solar Decathlon team’s narrative proposal and budget was selected to advance, then in Round Two several days of public […]

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  • The Solar Decathlon Experience!

    Check it out!   Today we received a letter form the Solar Decathlon Director, Holly Carr, congratulating us on becoming a finalist in the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon! The team is one of 21 finalist that were awarded $50,000 in funding. Please take time to read our letter to learn more! Ball […]

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