Project "ReStart_4Smart" has the overall objective of taking on the new challenges of contemporary society that require a different way of designing, constructing, operating and upgrading buildings. The project goal is to achieve a Smart Home fully integrated with Middle East Climate conditions consistently with the Arab tradition and heritage ("innovate within tradition"), able to guarantee the utmost efficiency and effectiveness in the use of environmental resources and to provide an attractive, accessible, safe, comfortable and healthy built environment, competitive in terms of costs and capable of improving the life of all stakeholders involved.
ReStart_4Smart project indicates the willingness to introduce a new approach to Architecture that, taking inspiration from the traditions of the past, manages to exploit all the possibilities offered using renewable energy sources and by making use of highly innovative and low environmental impact technologies and construction solutions.
In addition to the energy and environment efficiency features typical of a Zero Energy Building and a Green Building, ReStart_4Smart intends to append those of intelligence, through a continuous interaction with the context and with users in order to acquire data and information useful to the optimization of its operation, and of flexibility, with the potential, thanks to an innovative construction system, to easily vary its distribution structure and dimensions in order to meet the growth requirements of the individual household and to adapt to the various types of the cities' urban fabric of ME Region.
The ReStart_4Smart will achieve the team goal using a strategy based on the following four levels:
• Typological level (Smart Shape)
• Technical construction level (Smart envelope)
• Technological level (Smart Systems)
• Socio-cultural level (Smart people)
Compared to the current state of the art, the project is expected to deeply affect many aspects, regarding the building design tools, the building construction method, the building envelope, the building equipment systems and the building users' behavior.
All project impacts are expected to raise the awareness of the public about energy efficiency and responsible energy use in buildings, and encourage the use of innovative sustainable technologies and the architecturally attractive integration of solar systems by clearly demonstrating how high-performance solar homes can be comfortable, attractive and affordable.
This project aims at designing an energy-efficient house entirely based on solar energy in the desert area of UAE, keeping the needs of modern urban living in mind but also ensuring environmental concerns. It uses the indigenous as well as modern materials to provide comfortable living with the added advantage of reduced environmental footprint. If the production of the material is eliminated, the house will have zero environmental impact due to reliance on renewable energy.
Methods employed in the project:
• Modern Methods of Construction
• Integrated Project Delivery System
• Precast Fabricated Systems
• Insulated SCIP Panels and Steel as Structural Member
• Green Roof and Green Walls, Sun shades and overhangs, improved ventilation
• EEC - Energy Control Center
• MPPT - True Maximum Power Point Tracking
• Use of Wastewater
Students will gain hands-on experience from Solar Decathlon which will be transferred to the local industry, giving way to innovative and creative solutions. Hence, Development of the local construction market.
Ajman University welcomes the opportunity to participate in a competition that allows the staff and students to collaborate on a project that can help advance the UAE's momentum towards more sustainability.
The intention of this project is to maximize the energy savings and minimize consumption to the lowest level, utilizing a super insulated building shell.
The team will be experimenting with low energy cooling systems that may be operated using the limited amount of electricity generated by solar panels.
Other concerns that will be addressed are:
• Minimizing heat transfer through windows and doors
• Using low energy appliances
• Green material and furniture
• Provide reusable, recycled and sustainable furniture
• The appropriate use of non-toxic materials and finishes such as; paints, wood, floor and ceiling finishing
• Using exterior plants to reduce solar reflections on the building along with using gray and recycled water
• And to stay in touch with social and architectural Emirati traditions
Hopefully the measures that the team is going to introduce and undertake will reduce the energy requirements of the house by more than 80% while still maintaining a comfortable, economically viable, residence.
SDME project challenges the students to think in new ways about energy and how it impacts their everyday lives, advancing in the research and development of energy efficiency and clean energy production technologies, develop a house that must be powered entirely by the sun, innovate, using high-tech materials and design elements in ingenious ways and to disseminate more responsible actions when making energy choices.
The concept of the self-regulated house is the key process which will offer the fields of engineering and architecture a highly productive model for the design and construction of innovative building structures and systems. The technical innovation and design of this QU SDME 2018 proposal is focused on "to apply and demonstrate the concept of a self-regulated house whose its internal environment is capable of self-regulation across a dynamic set of states, with energy production, consumption, and comfort inputs are the most important constraints."
The team will develop novel strategies for regulating systems in a net zero energy house by examining and applying biological strategies on a fundamental level.
The concept is based on:
• Optimizing the orientation of the house to minimize solar energy gains, self-shaded building and creating shaded areas for outdoor activities internal thermal mass to increase the cooling storage and insulated exterior wall to both minimize heat gain and preserve the cooled air.
• Optimization by computer Energy Modeling: The master key in this climatic design is an advanced simulation tool that predicts the thermal behavior and the comfort level of the building before its erection. Also, this tool can easily model the design and evaluate its energy impacts.
Rumah MIZAN Team (R.M.T) proposes a sustainable, affordable, and innovative net-zero-energy smart home which makes use of solar as its main energy source. This modern house design is responding to both culture and environment while striving for sustainability. Conceptual Approach – "Beyond The Limit" is chosen as the house designated to be a flexible arrangement in a modular system and promises the highest level of comfort. The passive cooling strategy by using the element of 'Masyrabiah" function not only as privacy screen but act as filtration device to cool the air on the ground. MIZAN represents M for Mobility, I for Innovative, Z for Zero energy, A for Affordable, and N for the integration of the Naqli (revealed) knowledge. The house is fully integrated with solar thermal collectors, high-efficiency photovoltaic panels and at the same time offering the electric charging point for hybrid electric cars conveniently assessable at the porch area. The team formed the concept with consideration:
• Architecture-Respond to the environment, ecology; climate, humidity and culture
• Engineering; innovation of technology and energy
The main objective is to develop a net-zero-energy, green, modular system, climatically responsive, affordable and a balanced designed solar home that contributes to low energy architecture in the UAE. Adapting modular construction system, modern steel module construction integrates environment protection and energy efficiency. Provide a 'smart home' through effective prefabrication, clean and quiet installation as well as flexible structures to ensure the long-term preservation of the value of modular buildings. 100% recyclability of the material is used. This contributes reducing the labor and equipment and also reducing the construction time. The house is fully integrated with solar thermal collectors, high-efficiency photovoltaic panels, sensor and at the same time offering the electric charging point. Passive cooling, a solar dehumidifier is part of passive environmental devices introduce in the design.
Main potential impacts can be categorized into two aspects. Architecture contributes to the balance aspects of passive solar home design such as house orientation, internal planning, ventilation, humidity control, shading and heat control, dust, thermal mass, and color. While engineering part is covers on automation system and monitoring, solar panel, motorized shutters and sensors.
The unique development of Dubai has thoroughly encountered critical challenges such as limited natural resources and high energy consumption per capita relevant to the existing arid climate. Students at the American University in Dubai (AUD) acknowledge the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) competition as an excellent opportunity to share their knowledge, skills, and solutions to contribute to tackling these challenges. All capacities will be employed to convince the Middle Eastern society how accessible, affordable, resource-efficient, convenient, and eco-friendly a building can be in the region.
AUD students from different disciplines are confidently onboard to study, design, and execute a sustainable house within the constraints set by SDME. The team will attempt to integrate innovative green technologies developed at AUD in the project.
Electricity Generation from solar energy is the key to a sustainable and resourceful future for the generations to come. The name of our project, "Jeel" meaning (Generation) in Arabic, has been selected to reflect this message. Taking a critical step toward the development of sustainable cities in the future, Jeel employs affordable, resource-efficient, and both user and eco-friendly technologies in constructing a solar-powered net-zero residential unit.
The architectural design of this sustainable house will address relevant conventional, modern, and innovative architectural elements, in addition to creatively embedded cultural and historical values of the UAE. These values will be properly integrated into the Solar Hai's urban design features such as walkways, roads, gutters, and power distribution system to reflect the message that Jeel smoothly functions within a community.
Housing demand for the Dubai Expo 2020 with its multidisciplinary, extensive, and iconic features was identified as a great occasion to promote the concept of sustainable solar powered houses and present it to the right audiences. Jeel is therefore primarily designed and constructed to provide accommodation for the Expo 2020 attendees. Furthermore, Jeel can be relocated and reassembled to continue accommodating educated professionals traveling to the region for future expositions and exhibitions. The great living experience provided by Jeel, together with the ever-increasing interest in innovative and eco-friendly technologies are anticipated to raise the visibility and popularity of such net-zero building units. The tackling of climate-related distinctive challenges will improve the credibility of practical, sustainable solar houses as a key requirement for their mass-production locally or around the globe in the near future.
Know-Howse is an educational program that aims at increasing energy and environmental awareness. The SDME prototype house will be a showcase for innovation and energy efficient practices that will educate society to sobriety while rediscovering a new dimension of "living small but comfortably". Yet, Know-Howse represents just one tile of a larger framework that involves society and economics.
Nowadays, UAE is responsible for one of the largest residential energy consumption in the world. Such unaware habit is the result of lacking education on resource consumption. In this scenario, the team addresses the SDME challenge within the emirate of Sharjah, short on plots for new luxury villas, and scattered with dense residential neighborhoods where buildings have scarce indoor environmental quality. A fast-growing residential area developed per a rigid and dense grid (to maximize profit and minimize land-use) is assumed as the ideal location where to propose an innovative residential block, confirming the area's typical density, nevertheless proving that it is not an obstacle for designing high-quality dwelling. The resulting innovative apartment-building combines the occupant's comfort (typical of luxury villas) with the environmental goals of minimizing land-use and resources consumption (proper of the dense residential developments). Within this novel building, an individual unit is extracted, detailed, and inscribed in a technological envelope/shell that significantly characterizes the project with innovative features, among which: improving thermal mass; reducing direct sunlight nevertheless enhancing diffuse one; providing a screen for privacy; implementing photovoltaic devices.
• Reducing residential energy consumption by educating to a more aware lifestyle
• Testing innovative technologies that will influence the broad urban scenario
• Going beyond the energy standards required by local codes (i.e. Estidama)
• Educating the occupant to a more aware energy management, through the implementation of "smart building" systems; if successful, the system could be extended to the broader urban scenario involving utility companies in an energy efficient campaign acting on the occupant's behavior;
• Introducing innovative construction systems (i.e. introducing timber structures to challenge the monopoly of reinforced-concrete);
Rediscovering traditional/heritage construction techniques as a mean to limit the current trend of uncontrolled energy consumption, and to recreate local identity as a contrast to globalization.
In this project of Team VirTUe, Solar energy has a central role. However, the project goal is not to merely generate a significant amount of energy: the house should facilitate a sustainable lifestyle, on both inside and outside. Hence the name Outside|In.
The baseline principle of the house is the continuous channel between the residents and the outside world, communicating and stimulating sustainability using innovative solutions. This is carried through multiple conceptual options: a hidden oasis, direct insight feedback, and an educational exterior.
Internally, the house should communicate its level of sustainability to its inhabitants, externally to the public. Moreover, as soon as you step inside the building, you will be engulfed in a shrubbery of plants and trees. Having a profusion of green inside your home will increase the level of interior comfort, plus it is more energy efficient to regulate the inside climate.
The house and its inhabitants show their sustainability outwards as well, yet on an educational level: the exterior becomes part of raising awareness of sustainable living. There are many options to achieve this, such as motivating and nudging, peer pressure or to create an educating feature. Currently, it is being researched which idea we believe would fit the most to reach our goals for the SDME competition.
The aim is to build a house that is both energy efficient and aesthetic, to show the public and the industry that a high-performance solar house can be appealing and comfortable at the same time. The three main performance targets that will be emphasized in this design are: vegetation, education and energy management. Innovative technologies that will be implemented are the Luminescent Solar Concentrators and the infrared reflector windows. The targets that the organization of the SDME has proposed are not the only ones that are important to us. The team cares about the goals of the UAE regarding energy and sustainability.
As technology is fundamentally integrated into our lives to assist society every single day, all the different departments of the Technical University of TU/e collaborate for constant innovation. Much knowledge, facilities and other resources can thus be derived from this joint effort, making team VirTUe capable of realizing a valuable project in advanced sustainability. There are many factors and risks revolving around the Solar Decathlon challenge. Acknowledging them, coping with them and combining them with the cutting-edge technology of TU/e is the formula for success to bring this project to a satisfactory end. A project where innovation starts.
The key premise of our proposal is that developed nations and many of the developing nations are currently experiencing the effects of an aging population due to improved nutrition and a decrease in mortality rates. This is placing stress on our economic, health and housing services and is only expected to increase through this century. Therefore, we believe this is a global challenge that needs to be addressed.
Team UOW are furthering the philosophy of "Architecture celebrating human life rather than itself" by constructing a house that is suitable for those from retirement age onwards (65+). Our Desert Rose house will grow and adapt to the occupants' needs as they age. It will cater for people with the most active lifestyle to those with age-related disabilities. It will celebrate life by helping the elderly to live a life of enjoyment in the comfort of their home.
Team UOW's goals for the Desert Rose are to:
• Change the way the world views homes for the elderly by designing a house that is architecturally inspiring, celebrates life and demonstrates a house that is adaptable to an aging person's needs
• Reduce the stress placed on health services by including clever design that supports independent living for occupants suffering from age-related disabilities and diseases including dementia
• Provide an innovative HVAC system that utilizes solar cooling technology and takes advantage of passive design. Energy efficiency is just the beginning
To achieve these ambitions Team UOW will follow a household-centered approach as our design process and focus on two main pillars, the Middle Eastern culture and encompassing the needs of an aging population. The Desert Rose will aim to follow the Passivhaus standard with a focus on providing a home that has outstanding thermal performance and exceptional airtightness. Team UOW will endeavor to follow the material guidelines outlined in the Living Building Challenge (LBC) providing a stylish, affordable, comfortable and sustainable home, while encompassing the changing needs of an aging population.
Intelligent HOME + intelligent ENERGY
• Educate the public about energy, sustainability, and enabling technologies
• Seamlessly integrate technology with architecture
• Demonstrate to the building industry new ways of fabrication to modernize architecture
• Inform homeowners about personal energy use and influence responsible use patterns
• Demonstrate how smart homes save energy
• Demonstrate the importance of efficient space planning and adaptable environments
Utilizing best practices from manufacturing industries, i.e. automotive and aerospace, which create some of the most sophisticated products, our goal is to design and build modular structures that integrate smart technologies, energy efficient systems, and new materials. This factory produced, energy-positive home adapts to changing patterns of life. The long-term research goal is to make buildings more efficient, more constructible, more affordable, more livable, and more beautiful.
By manufacturing pre-assembled home components such as kitchens, bathrooms, mechanical and electrical rooms in the form of "cartridges," the smart home can become more accessible to the mainstream housing market and influence building occupants in a positive way. Prefinished "plug-and-play" components simplify the construction process and allow for effortless integration of sophisticated systems that make an affordable, net-positive energy home possible.
Sustainability Meets Arabian Elegance
King Saud University (KSU) is proud to be participating in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. The University believes that the greatest challenge to a prosperous future of our region is the constantly growing demand for energy and scarcity of water resources. Because of such demanding challenge, Saudi Vision 2030 and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (among other regional initiatives) emphasize sustainable design, energy efficiency, and investment in renewable energy.
KSU has been vigorously working towards promoting and achieving sustainability in design and practice, with active research, educational programs, and institutional initiatives in this field, supported by state-of-the-art facilities and run by world-class faculty members, full-time researchers, supporting staff, and enthusiastic students. For this reason, participation in the Solar Decathlon Middle East is considered a great opportunity for KSU to continually promote sustainable design by engaging its students, the industry, and the public.
Team KSU is a multidisciplinary team that includes participants from architecture and different fields of engineering. Team KSU comes into the Solar Decathlon Middle East with a challenging objective:
• To realize a sustainable residence that strikes the right balance between comfort, aesthetics, and affordability, while preserving the house's unique identity
To meet this objective, the Team will capitalize on a wealth of experience that its faculty participants accumulated over the years in realizing projects that had challenging energy efficiency requirements. The Team will also greatly benefit from the partnership with the many industrial and government partners who offered their financial, technical, and logistical support to Team KSU as a part of their long-standing belief in the importance of sustainable design.
This project is expected to have lasting outcomes. KSU Solar House will become a permanent exhibit that will help raise public awareness of sustainable design. From an educational point of view, the project will be particularly valuable to students due to their engagement in real-life problems that emphasize multidisciplinary teamwork, application of codes and standards, practicing professional conduct, and interaction with industrial partners.
Team Bucharest 2018 is a multidisciplinary and multicultural team of change-oriented students and professors with a vision - to build a better future on a healthier, more sustainable planet for a happier, safer and flourishing population. What drives the team is the belief in a sustainable way of life. The team wants to help lead into this new era, starting with how people relate to their habitat and changing the way we all think and act, always considering the effects on the environment. One of our goals is to make people envision their homes in a way that creates tightly-knit communities that support the idea of change, and to bring significant improvements to the building sector, by creating sustainable houses that are adaptable to any given context and that behave in the best possible way, improving the life of their inhabitants and contributing to a more sustainable world.
For finding inspiration, the team looked at the greatest database - nature. Thousands of years of evolution have provided answers to any possible question, leaving it to us to look for them by tapping into this infinite source of information. By learning from nature, we use basic principles in a smart way, resulting in a prototype that is highly sustainable and attractive. The design is based on vernacular architecture and traditional passive strategies. These principles are to be combined with modern strategies and materials to provide high-quality living conditions with a passive solar design, natural light intake, self-sufficient resource generation, natural ventilation and air cooling.
Through this prototype, the team wants to produce an increased interest in the emerging concept of energy-efficient solar houses. This will lead to an increase in demand for solar technologies, which stimulates professionals and manufacturers to design and produce them not only on a larger scale but also in a more efficient and innovative way.
Having a majority population engagement and a high-level industry immersion means that educated communities are being formed, sharing a common belief in sustainability and promoting a better use of resources and a lifestyle improvement. On a larger scale, this will impact the way we develop cities and industries in a sustainable way. This is the way to a healthy planet, humanity, and economy.
Designing a sustainable, energy-efficient housing structure is not a mere technical challenge, but requires sensitive, multi-layered approach and deep understanding of local culture and lifestyle, climate, urban and topographical morphology. Students of Faculty of Architecture – the University of Belgrade explored these factors to create a self-sufficient solution with a goal of changing the way we think and design living spaces and the way they impact not only our lives but the whole planet.
The project objective is to show the clear connection between bioclimatic design and contemporary technological innovation through the creation of a sustainable housing concept that can be used to promote green design thinking. We aim to make a future home that is both beautiful and functional, technologically advanced and traditional, cheap and environmentally low impact, passive and comfortable, self-sufficient and allows for the high quality of living.
TWIST BOX will be a prefabricated structure, easy to assemble, with low embodied energy featuring not only strong passive design solutions but also active sustainable technologies, taking advantage of materials and the environment. The project hopes to set new standards in many different areas of energy-efficient design with systems that can potentially be used separately or as a whole and create a future model for self-sustaining housing that will be a symbol of a greener tomorrow for all of us.
TWIST BOX is conceived as a house that embraces the tradition and culture as a constitutive part of a modern, even futuristic design. Delicate duality, inspired by perpetual dialogue between the traditional encoding and anticipation of exiting future was a basic design principle, reflected into multiple aspects of a project proposal.
The form is dual in its nature:
• inner volume being hexahedron
• While outer volume is a derivate of multiple rotations, twisting its way out of Euclidian geometry.
• The inner skin is transparent, modern, abstract, dematerialized in its appearance, yet the most rigid element of the hose, essential for providing the shelter and protection.
• The outer skin is soft, perforated, allowing uncompromised privacy and sun protection, dynamically twisting its way around the enclosed box, forming ever-changing intermediate spaces.
• Double layers of all TWIST BOX elements (façade, roof, base platform) allow for constant airflow that creates a comfortable dwelling experience.
The MEDS HAAB (Middle East Design Solutions for Highly Accessible & Adaptive Buildings) project will investigate the solutions for a housing system meeting wellbeing and energetic sustainability needs related to specific climatic conditions. The project's goal is to design a water-conservative, near zero energy single-family home that can be used as a development prototype in Dubai's specific climate conditions. The project will be developed optimizing the use of natural and energy resources on the building's lifecycle, with financial feasibility, construction flexibility, space usability including for disabled users.
The MEDS HAAB design aims to ensure a balance between human comfort and the efficient use of resources including traditional and advanced technologies to respond to the climate and context forces. This proposal is the result of an integrated innovation strategy and design approach that can be identified through two different operating ranges:
• the possibility to implement the project through a Main Aggregative System (MAS), based on modular elements transported in a pre-assembled configuration
• the completion of the building envelope with an Additional Integrative System (AIS), to sustain/contain the sub-integrative systems for roofing, shielding, protection, energy production and water accumulation
The implementation result of MEDS HAAB will be a "house within a house" in which the inner building envelope contains living areas and indoor functions, while the outer canopy skin protects the house and supports implant elements. To meet the educational and demonstration objectives of the competition, several environmental monitoring activities related to energy consumption, indoor comfort conditions, and customization of spaces and mobile furniture elements will be held during the operational phases.
baity be'aty (my home, my environment) is Heriot-Watt University Dubai ambitious project proposal for the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition. The student project team is supervised by faculty from Heriot-Watt University based in Dubai, and expert advice from the Edinburgh campus is also provided where needed.
Whilst to the outside world Dubai is often known for luxury that comes at high cost, baity will be designed to offer a viable alternative, a living space for a young professional couple that is affordable yet does not compromise on comfort – or sustainability. baity will provide a flexible living space that expands outdoors in the cooler winter months and offers pleasant indoors living in the hotter summer months. The innovative solutions provided by baity revolve around enhancing the relationship between man, nature and the built environment. The crucial inputs needed, such as energy and water, are considered within the context of the local ecology and waste reduction is also a key element of our philosophy.
The aim of baity be'aty is to design, build and demonstrate an affordable and sustainable home for the future. The baity will achieve its goal combining innovative design features, engineering systems, and technology. The building envelope and engineering system will be developed within the context of a hot arid region such as Dubai. The orientation of the house, location of its glazing, and double skin roof will be designed to reduce the cooling load. The home will leverage existing and emerging technologies that can monitor and control baity for optimal usage of its resources. Innovative engineering developments will be integrated with aesthetic design elements, such as incorporating novel PV technology into the structure, the shading façade, and the glazing.
This large-scale interdisciplinary exercise will provide an excellent learning opportunity for the students involved, who will be the main contributors dedicated to bringing baity be'aty to a successful conclusion. By addressing real-world problems associated with domestic construction, they will gather the expertise and experience essential to contribute to the drive towards sustainability in this region and beyond.
SoLLight designed by Dhofar University team it is a parametrically designed prototype of a dwelling that respond to the cultural desires of the Middle East population. Designed to perform in high temperatures, humidity, and dust storms, SoLLite meets the needs of the region for sustainable housing. The solar-powered dwelling produces enough energy for its needs and to operate its cutting-edge technological systems. On the other hand, the application of parametric and passive techniques of design and innovative light materials designed the team's chemical engineers for the envelope of SoLLite minimize the heat transfer to the interior and, therefore, the consumption of the energy needed for cooling. Easy assembly of it can provide mobility if needed under stressed circumstances, i.e. force de major and the like, and easy constructability allows even the non-skilled to assemble the unit in a short period. SoLLite uses the latest technology available to transfer engineering knowledge to a wider community and teach them how to consume the least amount of energy conserving our natural resources.
To contribute to the knowledge and dissemination of industrialized solar and sustainable housing by suggesting a prototype, which is lightweight structure that is easy to assemble and transport, energy efficient and self-sustainable.
Project impact and outcomes:
• Create awareness of students and community in use of renewable energy technologies; energy management; sustainable construction and parametric design
• Challenge students to think creatively and develop innovative solutions that contribute to energy savings
• Encourage professionals for new architecture and engineering solutions
• Demonstrate that a shelter can be easily created and assembled in a short period and can be of affordable cost
BaityKool team continues its efforts of innovation and knowledge sharing for Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings. We believe that through exploration and practice, students can gain the most valuable learning experience in sustainable design. SD represents an opportunity to develop, apply and demonstrate their innovative and technical know-how in sustainable and self-sufficient building and to promote technology transfer towards the construction industries.
BaityKool team will bring to Dubai several of the most effective and already demonstrated solar and environmental technologies packaged in a new innovative model of housing. Our concept is based on:
• Multi-family housing building, dense, compact to minimize environmental impact while ensuring occupant well-being and comfort adapted to the local conditions (social and culture)
• An scalable industrialized concept ensuring the replicability, strong environmental and economic impact in the region, adaptable to the cultural and climatic context because largely inspired from vernacular architecture
• To bring state of the art innovative technologies such as ecological water treatment systems, standalone electricity production for self-sufficiency based on BIPV, micro combined-heat-and-power system and electricity storage. Parametric designed envelope cost effective and efficient HVAC systems embedded in the envelope, symbiotic façade elements for algae production
Our design objectives are:
• To propose an adapted urban form in the dense urban surroundings that participates in achieving an internal summer comfort in one of the hottest regions while having a limited energy consumption
• To develop a circular and beneficial use of water and make room for vegetation enhancing the psychological comfort, and participating to the thermal comfort
• To design an adaptable space organization that will respect the cultural intimacy inherent to the region, and will allow a reorganization over the years
• To fit the market criteria of the region while achieving a high industrialization for a quick on-site installation and ensuring high quality, reduced costs and high modularity
• To bring to ME region solar technologies that are at the top level in Europe
Following these guidelines, the BaityKool team's objective is to design, build and bring Dubai a single-family housing unit as part of the overall multistory net-zero energy building concept. Virtual reality technologies will allow visitors to have an overview of the whole design. Design strategies will be adapted to extremely mild climate in the Middle East. Once the competition is finished, the prototype in Dubai will serve as a permanent showcase of innovative technologies and design principles.
'Spirit of the Union' is a multidisciplinary team proposing a sustainable and environmentally responsible Emirati Solar Decathlon House prototype for the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. The Emirati Solar Decathlon House will be a "gatherer" of renewable energy resources and a positive contributor to the future growth of UAE urban fabric. Adapting to the local and regional specificities; it will also integrate the particularities of today's Emirati culture. Through a collaborative process between academics, professional entities, local and international students, the house will be locally designed and produced and will aim at introducing a new Emirati housing typology for the future. The house will be sensitive to UAE ecosystem; providing smart solutions to the regional climate and local weather, while simultaneously being sensitive to the Emirati culture and customs, as well as its inhabitants' needs.
Our design philosophy draws upon aspects from the Sha'bia House; the UAE first modern housing typology, reinstating particularities that got lost with the adaptation of the western house type, and concurrently accommodating today's needs and modern lifestyle. Integrating 'external' environment within the private house quarter, daily user adaptability, and seasonal versatility are two main guiding concepts in the Emirati Solar Decathlon House design. It will not be a building developed solely around high-end technological amenities, but a home with a strong aesthetic design philosophy with its users' inhabitation as a core and prime concern. Technology will not lead how the house will look but will complement the house aesthetic. The design development of the house will embrace the latest locally available 21st-century fabrication methods and manufacturing processes as an integral part of its internal and external environment.
The strength of Spirit of the Union team is at the core composed of students and faculty from different backgrounds and institutions in Abu Dhabi. The contest will be integrated into classes throughout the following two years to accommodate the different stages needed until project completion. A variety of backgrounds and disciplines from the Petroleum Institute and Zayed University provide the perfect balance of necessary skills and knowledge to produce a robust design team for the contest. Also, Team Spirit of the Union will continue to seek and secure involvement from the industry and participation from the community. The final use of the home will be a research center residence shared by the two leading institutions, commemorating their initial collaboration.
"Blue is the next green." is our focus. As the Qur'an states, "from water every living creature was created." Green grows from blue, without water, no lives will exist, and no green will remain. Collecting clean water in low energy and high efficiency is a possible way toward a better environment.
Our prototype, WellingWater performs like a well, providing protection from the worsening environment. By applying technology developed by Team TDIS and Taiwanese industry, WellingWater filters the air offering fresh air and water which collected from the atmosphere, offers a self-sustain and comfort living space with clean energy. WellingWater as a housing type is not only facing the social problems but also repairing the Earth's environment.
We consider Dubai as a globally experimental site gathering lots of different innovative solutions. Our prototype, WellingWater not only provides a total solution for the environmental issue but also strongly connects Dubai and Taiwan in culture and future.
NCTU is one of the most famous research-based university in Taiwan and the world. TDIS is committed to research and development, Industry-Academia Collaboration and promotion of applied research by way of architectural action. It comprises three fields of substantial materials, architectural systems, and smart living. TDIS is not only the "Think Tank" but the "Do Tank".
Team Jordan consists of dedicated achievers from every corner of Engineering and Technology studies. Each bringing their own expertise with the aim of uplifting our society by raising awareness about renewable energy and creating solutions tailored to our challenges. Speaking the language of Middle East gives us the edge we need to maintain a pragmatic drive for action and achieving true results.
The logic and concept of our proposed project was formed to create a design that integrates architectural and ecological systems guided by technological innovations to achieve a flexible prototype that is environmentally friendly and energy efficient in response to the climatic conditions of Dubai by incorporating passive design strategies and mechanical systems to harness power from natural resources, It is also both scalable and modular, so it adapts to the different size, identity and living preference of Dubai's vast and diverse community creating a balance between the intellectual, structural and spatial form and their continuous relationship with the context and environment . All in all, simulating a hybrid of living organisms and machines that by natural and mechanical techniques adapts and interacts with the users and the environment about the context.
The house designed by Team University of Jordan aims at changing the way houses are being built currently in the Middle East. An efficient house model that fulfills people's needs – such as shelter, clean water, sanitation, and reliable power– in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way. This house resembles an adaptive living system that can improve the quality of the living space and overcome the challenges of extreme weather, renewable energy production, and diverse nature of the MENA culture, we also aim to spread the use of this system gradually by launching our awareness campaign" Our Sun Our Future" encouraging the idea of using renewable energy resources and smart technologies that will help save our environment and insure a better future.
Collaboration: we use effective communication and constructive discussions to cooperate with each other and our community partners, raising the team spirit and integration of efforts. Innovation: we use the great minds in our team to research, create, and design smart solutions to various challenges and foster an environment of innovation and entrepreneurism.
Environmental Responsibility: we share a common concern for environmental issues and hold great interest in solar technologies and sustainable solutions.
Excellence: our team consists of top-in-class members who are committed to high quality outcomes, we are organized, persistent and have the mindset of winners.
Social Ownership: we are committed to the development of our society, we aspire to introduce green building technologies to Jordan and improve the local living environments.
SUSTAINABLE RURAL HOUSING IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is proud to be participating in SDME 2018 with a student developed design for a solar powered house and sustainable living in regions outside the metropolitan centers of the UAE.
Team NYUAD is excited to take on the challenge of bringing the "think globally, act locally" ethos into all households and to suggest an attractive ways to bring innovative and sustainable solutions to a wider range of dwellings in the UAE. With the UAE's thriving economy and real estate market, there is an unprecedented opportunity to incorporate ecologically positive practices in both master planning and rural development while promoting innovative building technology across the country and region.
Team NYUAD proposes a concept that brings sustainable and energy efficient design to nonurban areas of the UAE by introducing state of the art technology combined with traditional Emirati architecture to create a marketable and accessible dwelling. The design takes into consideration a wide range of factors to produce a holistic vision for NetZero living by including components that actively and passively lower energy consumption as well as encouraging lifestyle choices that celebrate the freedom of living within a small ecological footprint. Examples include flexible multi-use room configurations, enhanced insulation materials, high-performance windows, and ultra-efficient appliances, water, and energy management systems. The layout and finishing reflect the vernacular architecture of the Arabian Peninsula, celebrating culture and traditions in both the design and shape of the house. The team presents a design for a next-generation home with photovoltaic energy as the main power source, taking these elements into consideration. By incorporating economic, environmental, and social considerations into the design, the team aims to live up to the broad definition of sustainability set forth by the World Commission on Environment and Development by proposing a home "... that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Team NYUAD sets out to share the message that sustainable living is not only a synonym for energy efficient technology but also a blueprint for a sustainable mindset and a way forward for a healthy coexistence with natural resources and a pathway to a high quality of life for all.
American University of Ras Al Khaimah envisions to develop this concept of bringing solar-powered, ultra-efficient self-sufficient houses that respond to the region social and cultural values as well as climatic needs using traditional architecture elements there used to overcome the climatic hardships in the past.
The project aims to explore the concept from traditional UAE houses and blend it with the new innovative product such as:
• The concept of having courtyard
• The orientation of the rooms and building
• The use of insulation to compensate the thick walls
• Opening in the houses with required sizes to control the heat transfer
• The use of wind towers to circulate the air
• The use of skylights, modern daylighting techniques
• The use of BiPV to shade, beautify and generate electricity
• The use of PV on the roof, car shed to produce a surplus to the energy required by the house