Friday marked the start of construction work on the solar houses taking part in the Solar Decathlon Europe international competition in Madrid, Spain. Five hundred university students make up the19 teams who reached the final stage. They will have only 13 days in which to build their full-scale houses that consume as few natural resources as possible and produce minimum waste products during their life cycle.
It would seem a team of young Brazilian students is drawing inspiration from their home country by following the Tupi-Guarani people in harnessing the power of the sun. The team from Brazil is the only country from the southern hemisphere participating in the competition
When complete, the Ekó House will use solar power to automate systems to maximize energy efficiency.
The concept of the house takes its inspiration from the Brazilian culture diversity and plurality. The Indian heritage is taken as a starting point, a matrix of this cultural mosaic that unites our national identity. Hence the name “Ekó”, original from the Tupi-Guarani language, which means “living” or “way of living”.
We seek the dialog between different ways of building and living, a closer relationship between public and private, between built and natural environment. Using both high-technologies and traditional techniques.
This is the second edition of the Solar Decathlon Europe. It was organized by the Ministry of Public Works, Madrid City Council, and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, through the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid.
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