The teams participating in the prestigious international competition, the Solar Decathlon Europe, tackle the task of designing, building and operating a sustainable, efficient and innovative house based on renewable energy sources during the competition and public shows.
The teams have to build the structure in their home country, and then transport it to Wuppertal in Germany for the competition finals to reassemble it there.
The CTU team, composed of more than 40 students from different CTU Faculties with the largest representation of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, but also including students from Charles University, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague and the University College of Business in Prague, is elaborating the topic of the “Renovation and Extension of Student Dormitories”. As a model building, the students have chosen the Větrník Dormitories in Prague. The timber based extension design emphasises prefabrication, low energy demands, applicability to other, typologically similar buildings, all governed by the principles of sustainable construction.
The Czech team has spent more than a year preparing the project. In April this year, the assembly of the competition structure took place on the experimental site of the University Centre for Energy Efficient Building CTU in Buštěhrad (UCEEB ČVUT). The structure has already been transported to Germany, where the competition finals are being held. When the competition is over, the structure will remain there as it has been selected by the organizers to be permanently located on the newly established Solar Campus. The Campus itself will serve as a means of long-term verification of the properties of the competition structures and for the promotion of sustainable construction.
Responsible: prof. Ing. Karel Kabele, CSc.