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Large construction site at the Villa Solar: Two days before the end of the construction phase, the site for the Solar Decathlon Europe looks like a large construction site.
© SDEurope, Forschungsinitiative EnOB
Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 in Madrid
13.09.2012

The Ecolar team from Constance has managed it: in ten days they have constructed their modularly designed house.
© SDEurope

The Counter Entropy Team from Aachen has also managed it. Even the house’s sign is already in position.
© Team Counter Entropy RWTH Aachen

A large construction site becomes Villa Solar

On 13 September, the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 was officially opened in Madrid. At 1.00 pm, the 19 university teams from 12 countries taking part gathered at the opening ceremony that was held at the Villa Solar – a construction site in the heart of the Spanish capital that has been specially reserved for the competition. This ceremony marks the beginning of the official competition phase. The team that collects the most points with its building in the ten competition disciplines will take top spot on the winners’ podium on 30 September. Two German teams from Aachen and Constance are taking part in this innovation competition.

On 13 September, the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 was officially opened in Madrid. At 1.00 pm, the 19 university teams from 12 countries taking part gathered at the opening ceremony that was held at the Villa Solar – a construction site in the heart of the Spanish capital that has been specially reserved for the competition. This ceremony marks the beginning of the official competition phase. The team that collects the most points with its building in the ten competition disciplines will take top spot on the winners’ podium on 30 September. Two German teams from Aachen and Constance are taking part in this innovation competition.
It was a massive effort: On the previous day, the university teams had worked late into the night to complete their buildings. Because the complexity of the innovative energy-plus houses has evidently increased in comparison with two years ago, there was also more to do when constructing the buildings. Nevertheless, both participating German teams managed to complete their respective buildings on time. Two university teams from Germany are competing: the Counter Entropy team from RWTH Aachen and the Ecolar team from HTWG Konstanz.
During the final competition weeks that are now commencing, an international jury will assess the houses; among them is Professor Karsten Voss from the University of Wuppertal. Not only will the houses be inspected by the jury and general public, technical climate measurements will be carried out and the functionality of the houses will also be tested in practical terms. For this purpose, different everyday situations, such as washing clothes or having dinner, will be simulated. The public can visit the innovative buildings until the final on 30 September. Expert visitors from all over the world and the residents of Madrid will be able to take a closer look at the many innovative details and the bold and often visionary architectural language.
Because the university teams closely collaborate with research and industry for approximately two years in the run up to the competition, the Solar Decathlon Europe really is an innovation competition for buildings of the future. A total of 19 universities from Europe, the USA and Asia are presenting their often pioneering prototypes in Madrid. The university projects are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of its EnOB research initiative.

Solar Decathlon Europe

The “Solar Decathlon Europe” competition was initiated and hosted in Europe for the first time in 2010 by the Spanish Ministry of Housing and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The competition is based on a renewable energy competition of the same name that is held in the USA. The aim is to design an energy efficient and innovative house whose residents are exclusively supplied with solar energy and which is capable of generating more energy than it actually requires.The team that manages to collect the most points across ten disciplines is crowned the winner: the categories assessed are Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Energy Efficiency, Electrical Energy Balance, Comfort Conditions, House Functioning, Communications & Social Awareness, Industrialization & Market Viability, Innovation and Sustainability.

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