Solar Decathlon Europe 2014


Special report published in December 2013 focusing on the Solar Decathlon Europe Competition 2014.

Plateau Team proposes colonising the roofs of existing buildings. Plateau Team continues developing its SymbCity project to participate in the next edition of Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition that promotes research in the development of sustainable and self-sufficient houses. The aim of the participant teams is to design and build a house that consumes the least amount of natural resources and produces the minimum waste during its life-cycle and its construction in Versailles during the final stage of the competition, where a jury of experts will subject the project to different tests.

Ressò, the entry from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña for Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. Vallés Higher School of Architecture (ETSAV), part of the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC), is taking part for the third consecutive time in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, organised by the French government, which will take place in Versailles, near Paris, in the summer of 2014. The Ressò team sees refurbishment as the way forward, given the high number of uninhabited new homes and a very inefficient pre-existing housing stock, both
of which make a new-build policy unjustifiable. The team is also working on the urban model, interactions between buildings and opportunities for growth.

Solar Decathlon 2014. Mexico to take part in this competition for the first time. For the first time Mexico will be taking part in the European edition of Solar Decathlon 2014 at the Palace of Versailles, France. The project, called CASA, brings together a cross-disciplinary group of students as well as support from researchers from renewable energies and engineering institutes, among others. CASA aims to provide a resilient, symbiotic and regenerative solution for the housing problems in the Valle de México’s metropolitan area.