Solar Decathlon Europe 2012-SunBloc of London Metropolitan University (UK)


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For our continuing report on Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, let me start by answering some basic questions about Solar Decathlon, please click on the red link, below:

Solar Decathlon Frequently Asked Questions.  Again, keep in mind that this year, the Solar Decathlon Europe is taking place in Madrid, Spain, from September 14-30, 2012. The participating teams are:

  • Arts et Métiers ParisTech (France)
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary)
  • Chiba University (Japan)
  • École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble (France)
  • Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • London Metropolitan University (United Kingdom)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Team Andalucía: Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Malaga, and Universidad de Jaén (Spain)
  • Team Brasil: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and Universidade de São Paulo
  • Team Bucharest 2012: “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Politehnica University of Bucharest, and Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Team Rome: Roma Tre University and Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)
  • Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Tongji University (China)
  • Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)
  • Universidad del País Vasco—Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Spain)
  • Universidade do Porto (Portugal)
  • Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain).

Today, I want to share with you a really cool design called SunBloc, submitted by the team Heliomet of the London Metropolitan University (UK). You will see the power of linking the digital creative process with the digital fabrication as the strength of this team and may very well be the future of architecture.  I liked the way this design had been referred to as the “eco-warrior in a fine Italian suit” by some that relies on traditional passive technique to present a very contemporary concept through advanced digital software. It is tailored to site’s specific needs, energy pattern, and context, relying on cross ventilation strategy and thermo-cooling.  If one can provide the latitude and longitude of the house/site, then the software package will output the cutting pattern for the timber and a house that will arrive on site….tailoring a building digitally to the particular context of the building, to its climate conditions, material available, etc.  Due to the introduction of the incentive policy Feed-In-Tariff in UK in 2011, it is introducing rapid change in adoption of solar power/PV in UK. The team is heavily into PR in three stages: social media, press, and sponsorship.
~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,


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