Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) is an international competition that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design and build sustainable homes powered exclusively by solar energy. The competition, which takes place at the gardens of Versailles between June 26 and July 15 of 2014, will challenge university teams in 10 contest categories including innovation, sustainability, and architecture. As a highly visible display of sustainable living practices, the SDE competition promotes renewable energy exploration and environmental responsibility. For more information about the competition, visit http://www.solardecathlon2014.fr/en.
Our team represents three universities: the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany. TECHSTYLE HAUS, as a project and a team, represents a new generation of problem solvers. Our cross-continental, interdisciplinary team, echoes our current global community, and proposes transformative solutions to our present environmental concerns.
Harnessing each institutions' unique strengths, the team will build a completely solar-powered passive house made entirely of textiles. TECHSTYLE HAUS will be the first-ever Solar Decathlon entry to incorporate a complete textile enclosure. We will use textiles to challenge conventional architectural practices and approach the building industry with a fresh perspective. Textiles enable us to have a lightweight, affordable building enclosure that is easy to ship and assemble. TECHSTYLE HAUS will be built using Passivhaus strategies, widely accepted as the highest international standard for energy efficiency. As a result, the house to be affordable, innovative, and highly efficient, taking advantage of the unique capabilities of textiles.
This seminar will focus on the development of custom details from full-scale prototyping and testing of advanced solar-energy systems. The course will involve intensive work in a controlled setting - we will work in a climate controlled warehouse, interact with sponsors and consultants, and continue the work from winter-session to assemble the project. This seminar is a key milestone leading up to May 1, when the project will ship to France for the competition. The Construction Drawings based on the Design Development Drawings will also be completed during this seminar.
At the conclusion of the competition, Techstyle Haus will become a home for visitors of the Domaine de Boisbuchet, a not-for-profit design research institute, set up to host international design and architecture workshops situated in an idyllic estate in south west France.
Elective, Open to Junior, Senior, Grads
Group 1 - Mechanical Core
Group 2 - Structural Platform, Frame, and Exterior Enclosure
Group 3 - Exterior Decks and Exhibition Devices
Group 3 - Interior Skin, Curtains and Furniture