High-tech solar house built by students installed at University Town
2018-04-18 readCount:514

A group of SCUT’s students, by working with their teammates at the Polytechnic University of Turin (Politecnico di Torino, PDT), Italy, have designed and built a novel type of solar-powered house, whose main body was installed at the University Town Campus earlier this month.
The installation ceremony of the house was celebrated on April 8, four months before it goes to Shandong province to compete in the Solar Decathlon China 2018, an international collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses.
Li Zheng, Vice President of SCUT, and Tian Yuan, Deputy General Secretary of the Committee of SDC 2018, attended and addressed the ceremony. Those who were present also included representatives from the Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou, the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, as well as from sponsors, SCUT, and PDT.
The team, being called the SCUT-PDT United, spent two years overcoming a number of challenges in solving technical difficulties and managing long-term teamwork. High-end techniques and energy saving equipment and materials have been used in the architectural work.
The two-story residential structure was designed based upon the idea of “low-rise, high-density, and green house in urban context”, which, rather than simply being a house created for a competition, provided vision for urban development and future residential buildings.
The Solar Decathlon China 2018 (SDC2018) is an international event co-sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the China National Energy Administration. 22 teams consisting of students from 41 institutions of higher learning in 10 countries and regions will be competing in Dezhou, Shandong Province in August 2018.
The competition requires competitors to build a single- or two-story solar house, which should be designed for permanent usage, with a finished area of 120-200 square meters and equipped with all necessary household appliances such as TV, refrigerator, cooktop, dishwasher, washing machine, and computer. In addition, each house shall have an electric vehicle and its matched charging device.
The final grade for each house will be judged according to performances in ten aspects including architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, innovation, comfort zone, appliances, home life, commuting, and energy.

Source from the School of Architecture
Translated by Xu Peimu
Edited by Xu Peimu and Cheng Yu