Solar Decathlon Europe 2012’s Med In Italy, House Pi_Unizar, Sumbiosi, SML System, (E)co


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This is a video of composites of 5 designs from Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 in Madrid, Spain: Med In Italy of Universita Degli Studi Di Roma Tre Sapienza Universita Di Roma, Free University of Bozen Fraunhofer Italy from Italy; House Pi_Unizar of Grupo Pi_Unizar of Universidad De Zaragoza of Spain;Sumbiosi of Aquitaine Bordeaux Campus of Bordeaux University of France;SML System of CEU Team Valencia of Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera of Spain;(E)co of (E)co Team of Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya of Spain.

The first segment was of Med In Italy, focusing on five points, essential for the Mediterranean house of tomorrow:1.passive system through heavy stone, masonry wall, and wood technology 2. active system through integrated PV 3.cost reduction, performance optimization and time reduction through prefabrication 4. eco-consciousness through use of reusable natural building material 5. allowing aggregation vertically and horizontally. More details about this design at

The second segment is of House Pi_Unizar, focusing on what technology is currently available, with design highlights being: energy saving through form factor;using glass reinforced concrete isolated with cork, thermal inertia;solar energy efficiency through cooling, heating, and power.

Third is the Sumbiosi of France was conceived as one space that one can open, close, and separate according to the seasons, the time of the day or an event. Use of Fresnel lenses to concentrate sun’s energy, along with tracking system, optimizes the solar energy of this design. Even the water is efficiently used through “lombrifiltre” which recycles the grey water (using earthworms and sedimentary layers filtering water).

Fourth segment is SML System of Spain, focusing on prefabrication, energy efficiency, solar energy, efficient air renewal, self-learning appliances, and smart heating and cooling.

Last but not  the least, the (E)co of Spain, achieved environmental equilibrium by working with energy, material, and water. “an (e)co house is a low-cost, self-sufficient greenhouse based on the principles of zero ecological and zero economic footprints. The house operates solely on solar energy promoting eco-friendly living.” 96 percent of this house was built using reusable resources, including organic and biodegradable materials. This model home is able to provide 70 percent of drinking water by collecting rain and grey water treated in artificial wetlands. The set of PV solar panels donated by Siliken generate all electricity needed by the (e)co house including water heating. This greenhouse concept also emphasizes the need not only to produce energy but also to maximize the use of recycled material for building material.

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