Victoria University taking part in Solar Decathlon

A rendering of the FirstLight house.

THIS IS a great solar house project by a team from Wellington’s Victoria University School of Architecture. The house has been designed (and eventually will be built) due to being selected as one of twenty finalists to compete in the US Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. The competition, which is held every two years at the National Mall in Washington, requires teams to design and build solar-powered houses that focus on innovative use of existing technologies and feature cost effective and energy efficient construction techniques. Over two weeks the team’s houses are judged in ten categories.

Victoria University’s selection in the competition is a first for the Southern Hemisphere. The teams FirstLight house was selected based on the concept of being a solar-powered ‘Kiwi Bach’. The team is beginning to start the documentation phase, with the bach’s construction due to begin towards the end of this year. An official opening in Wellington is planned for June 2011, and the bach will then be shipped to Washington where it will compete in the competition during October.

For more information and to keep up to date about the project, visit the team’s website here.

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