The House That Teaches: Derek Ouyang at TEDxStanford

Derek Ouyang is tackling global energy challenges by combining architecture, engineering, construction and humancentered design.

Derek Ouyang is a senior at Stanford with a double major in architectural design and civil engineering. He is project manager of Stanford’s first-ever Solar Decathlon team, which is designing and building a home with annual energy consumption and carbon emissions that net out to zero. The Decathlon, to be held this fall in California, is a U.S. Department of Energy international competition to design the home of the future.

Ouyang is taking a Silicon Valley approach to sustainability: technically complex and efficient building systems packaged into a sleek, sexy shell. “It’s not just about engineering the perfect, functioning home — it’s about designing a product that people love and empowering people to actually lead more sustainable lifestyles,” said Ouyang.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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