SEED ITALY RESEARCH TEAM WILL BUILD AN ENERGETICALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT HOUSE, POWERED SOLELY BY THE SUN
The SEED Italy research group, which brings together seven Italian universities with the country’s pre-eminent architecture schools, has been selected as one of sixteen participants for Solar Decathlon Europe 2019. The Milan Polytechnic University has been chosen to lead the team, with professor Alessandro Rogora of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies.
Solar Decathlon is an international competition devised by the United States Department of Energy, which has been through several editions worldwide. After a five-year hiatus, the European edition will be back in 2019 in Szentendre, Hungary.
The aim is to extend the use of solar energy and the use of solar energy.
The idea is to use the event to raise awareness among students and to encourage professionals in the sector to present themselves to a non-specialist public. To this end, the “solar village” will be hosting several events such as conferences, exhibitions and entertainment activities.
Why Decathlon? Because the houses will be built full-size in an outdoor exhibition area, where they will be visited by the public and scored by a jury in ten different areas. The winning design will be the one with the highest overall score. The projects must be practical and not theoretical in nature; in addition, they must be brought to market and integrated into the environment of the countries from which they originated.
Industry, too, is a key part of the project, with several Italian firms already involved. The aim is to encourage the use of solar energy and sustainability in the building sector, and to show that high-performance solar housing can be attractive and cost-efficient while offering a high level of comfort.
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