Solar Decathlon

Solar Decathlon is an architectural energy competition on which universities from all over the world participate. Invented by the US Department of Energy, it pursues the goal to design an energy self-sufficient house by 2015. Thanks to the participation in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 Fraunhofer Italia had the opportunity, to take care of the design and to analyse the complete energy system of the house "Med in Italy".

In collaboration with the Universities of Roma Tre and La Sapienza, the Free University of Bolzano, the CasaClima Agency and several local firms, Fraunhofer Italia worked one and a half years on the project. While in the past only low-energy houses for northern climates had been presented at the competition, the project "Med in Italy" - Med stands for Mediterranean - presented a possible solution for Mediterranean requirements. In southern countries, constructions are prevalently made of stone, because this material has the ability to collect the midday heat and then deliver it slowly at night to the house interior. By "Med in Italy" the light wood construction and the energy storing mass were combined. The planned building was chosen in all ten rating categories among the three best while in the category “sustainability” it ranked even position one.


Project details:

Term: 2011-2012

Project partner:  Rubner Haus AG