Northwestern University Features Ronbow Products in Solar Decathlon

Ronbow Corporation, a Northern California-based bathroom furnishings manufacturer, announced that two of its Adina vanities were selected for installation by Northwestern University in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges teams of college students to design and build solar-powered houses. Northwestern’s team, House by Northwestern (HBN), designed the home, named Enable (ENergized and AdaptABLE) as the school’s entry in the Solar Decathlon. The competition took place October 5 to October 15 in Denver.

Ronbow’s Adina vanity was featured in the master bathroom and the guest bathroom of Enable, which was designed for active baby boomers who are looking to downsize and “age in place.”  The HBN team had a goal of creating a sustainable dwelling that meets residents’ changing care needs while maintaining a beautiful design and constructing an appealing place to live. Ronbow’s ADA-compliant Adina vanities are suitable for both universal and sustainable design, constructed and sourced from CARB-compliant and eco-friendly materials.

The student designers took a user-centric approach when creating Enable. Vivien Ng, interiors lead, said, “We didn’t want to sacrifice quality and aesthetic when designing an aging-friendly and sustainable home, and Ronbow allowed us to meet all of those requirements and allowed us to show our target market that there are products available for the conscious consumer.”

Enable will be open to the public for viewing in the Chicago area later this year. Enable placed first in market potential and third in engineering at the competition.

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