Cool Campus Hero: Frank Loge, UC Davis


UC Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Frank Loge has spent his career studying water reuse and decentralized wastewater treatment, but he had to think beyond water issues when he joined the UC Davis Solar Decathlon team.

“I am most interested in exploring methods and technologies that lower the cost of sustainable buildings,” says Loge.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a prestigious competition meant to encourage responsible energy use and research into sustainable design utilizing solar power. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and has continued biennially since 2005. UC Davis was invited to participate in the 7th Solar Decathlon competition in 2015.

Loge serves the UC Davis’ Solar Decathlon as the faculty adviser and helped write the proposal that led to UC Davis being selected to compete in the 2015 Decathlon.

“We want to make zero-net-energy housing affordable for everyone,” Loge said. “We’re trying to drive down the price point of zero-net-energy housing to help the housing market understand that you can have affordable, nice homes that are zero net energy.”

Learn more about the Solar Decathlon team and their efforts.