Faculty Advisor

Soboyejo, Winston


Lack of affordable housing is a global issue in the 21st century. This is especially prevalent in developing countries, where millions are earning less than U.S. $1-2/day. We use our understanding of engineering and finance to provide a holistic solution for affordable and self-sufficient housing that can be applied anywhere in the world. Our building design integrates active and passive solar power, wind power, and water filtration and collection in order to generate its own electrical power and maintain its own drinking water, respectively. The mechanical and thermal properties of the building materials were tested to meet structural standards. A financial model was then developed for our self-sufficient low-cost housing for families of different income levels.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering