Another win for Desert Rose

The Desert Rose team are on the winning train with another two accolades added last night to their already overflowing bag of awards.

Desert Rose won the Student Engagement Award at the Green Gown Awards Australasia – the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector.

Desert Rose Project Manager Clayton McDowell

The award acknowledged the collaborative effort of the student-led dementia-friendly home project and, as a result of the win, the team are automatically nominated for the International Green Gown Award for Student Engagement.

Project Manager and SBRC PhD candidate Clayton McDowell was also successful winning the individual student prize ACTS Award of Excellence, for his efforts in leading more than 200 students, 30 staff and 86 industry partners “to come together and think of a cause bigger than themselves”.

Clayton’s research into energy efficiency retrofitting of homes of low income elderly people in the Illawarra stirred him to form Team UOW.

“The purpose was to prove to the world that it is possible to create sustainable net-zero energy homes that also improve the quality of life for people living with aged related disabilities such as dementia,” he said.

“As Project Manager and student leader I guided the team through the design, construction and operation of the Desert Rose House, ultimately achieving the silver medal in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition and eight other awards.

“Through this project the team have reached over 10 million people and hopefully inspired the homes of the future.”