The application by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Engineering & Architecture to participate in the international Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition was officially accepted by the selection committee in France in late December 2012. The team “Lucerne – Suisse” will compete against 19 other entrants from all around the world, to develop and build the solar-powered house of the future. The competition is aimed at demonstrating that solar-powered houses can fulfil equally high urban planning, architecture, design and technical standards, as well as fulfilling technical demands and providing comfortable, attractive and affordable homes.
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts at the Solar Decathlon 2014
Our vision – sharing and exchanging
sharing and exchanging
In future, ideal access to desirable things such as rooms, objects, services, mobility and energy will be very important. Using a cycle of sharing and exchanging, we activate that notion of ideal access in our project entitled your+. An entire network spans across society, contributing to more efficient energy use to save resources and achieve added value. Our understanding of self-sufficiency is demonstrated in a living model. That is why with your+, we not only seek a solution for one location, but also a solution within an entire system.
Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles
The internationally renowned “Solar Decathlon” competition, which was initiated by the US Energy Department, has been held biannually since 2003 in the USA and since 2010 has also alternated with venues in Europe. Next year, it will be held in France for the first time and will also have the first Swiss team participating. The competition is aimed at multidisciplinary teams from universities with the task of developing an architecturally and technically innovative, energy-efficient solar-powered house with a high degree of comfortable living. A total of 20 teams have qualified for the event in the summer of 2014 –from countries including Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Chile, India, Japan and the USA. They will build their houses in Versailles, open them to the general public and compete against each other in the ten contests of the Solar Decathlon.
Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 in Madrid
The ten contests
In June 2014, the international teams will build their 20 prototypes in Versailles and open them to the general public, before competing in the following ten contests: Architecture; Engineering and Construction; Energy Efficiency; Electrical Energy Balance; Comfort Conditions; House Functioning; Communication and Social Awareness; Urban Design, Transport and Affordability; Innovation; Sustainability.
Challenges for the houses of the future
Assessment will focus on six themes during the ten contests. They reflect the future social, economic and ecological challenges
- Density – the demand for apartment buildings in urban regions
- Mobility – between residential, working, consumer and leisure areas, as well as the movement of energy and interior mobility
- Simplicity and Self-Sufficiency – by reducing the energy consumption and limiting photovoltaic areas
- Viability in daily life and affordability
- Context – Each team develops a house that is adapted to suit its own local region, as well as producing a prototype that functions at the exhibition venue