The team gained third place overall, after being the first team from the southern hemisphere to qualify for the American college competition.
“The student team has worked really hard, and this placing is well-deserved,” EECA chief executive Mike Underhill says.
“It sourced and highlighted some of the best Kiwi innovation and technology, and put it together in a package that was both appealing and affordable.”
The team won first place in the engineering contest, second in architecture, and third in market appeal.
“More importantly for EECA, the First Light team did a great job of raising awareness among New Zealanders of the value of energy efficiency when designing and building a house.
“Good design will make your home warmer, drier, more comfortable and cheaper to run. It will also make it a joy to live in.
“EECA is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of the First Light team,” Mr Underhill says