We are excited to announce that a new Solar Decathlon competition will be held in the Middle East in October 2018. The event will be held in Dubai and plans are already underway to make sure Team UOW is part of the show. This competition sets new challenges for sustainable home design in one of the
harshest climates in the world. Challenges that University of Wollongong students want to take on. In 2013 Team UOW were the first Australian team to enter and their Illawarra Flame House went on to win China’s first ever Solar Decathlon competition. Team UOW also set the record for the highest point score in the history of the Solar Decathlon.
Team UOW plans to leave our shores again to demonstrate our cutting edge skills, innovative capabilities and keen eye for stunning design and attempt to surpass our record by competing in the first ever Solar Decathlon Middle East.
Although the competition is not for some time, the first stages have already begun. Prospective teams must submit their concepts and business plans to the organisers in the near future. These will be assessed by an international panel of experts and the successful Solar Decathlon entrants will be announced in October 2016.
This time Team UOW is seeking to address the challenges of an ageing population. Currently 20.4% of Australia’s population is over the age of 60 and this share is expected to increase to 28.3% by 2050. To address this it is estimated that the total aged care workforce will have to increase almost 500% between 2010 and 2050. It is also projected that spending on aged care will increase from 0.8% of GDP in 2010 to 1.8% of GDP by 2050.
In this competition our goals are to:
• Change the way the world views homes for the elderly by designing a house that is architecturally inspiring and demonstrates a house that is adaptable to an ageing person’s needs;
• And reduce the stress placed on health services by including intelligent design that supports independent living for occupants suffering from aged-related disabilities and diseases including dementia.
The competition will require each team to design and build a fully functioning solar powered house representing architectural and technical excellence. Team UOW will involve more than 100 students and teachers over the two years and will see 50 or so Decathletes travel to Dubai to build and operate our house during the competition. Such an endeavour changes the lives of all who take part and helps create the leaders of the future. It also costs money.
Currently Team UOW is developing a concept design for our application to enter this exciting new competition. To help us secure our application we are seeking “letters of interest” from potential sponsors who are interested in providing support and funds to give our team the best chance in the competition.
We will be seeking to form agreements with all levels of sponsors from key anchor sponsors to in kind sponsors of goods and services.
If you would like a tour through the SD China winning Illawarra Flame House or you have any questions about our proposal please contact the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre.