High Scores for Israeli Team at Solar Decathlon
The Israeli team to the Solar Decathlon in China attained high scores – reaching second place in the architecture competition, and fourth place in the overall competition
A team of 30 Israeli students from 4 academic institutions – the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University, Shenkar College, The College of Management, and the Neri Bloomfield School of Design and Education – participated in the prestigious competition to design and build a solar powered house, which was held for the first time in China, under the auspices of the Chinese and US Departments of Energy.
The Solar Decathlon, a competition between leading academic institutions worldwide, is now considered the most important international competition in the field of green architecture. The Israeli team was one of only 20 teams who qualified for the finals and presented their project in Datong, China: a green home which produces more energy than it consumes. The first three places in the competition were taken by the delegations from Australia, China and Sweden.
Led by architects Dr. Joseph Cory (one of the architects of the Porter School's EcoBuilding) and Chen Shalita, the team has designed and built a smart, modern home inspired by typical ancient Mediterranean houses which made use of outdoor areas, such as the roof and the patio, for climate control and social interaction. Their modern interpretation leans on traditional passive solar traditions, and complements them with state-of-the-art Israeli clean-tech technologies.
Following competition the house will be dismantled and returned to Israel, where it will be presented as a model for sustainable, green building.