Architecture competition, organised around solar energy
The purpose of the Solar Decathlon Europe is to design and construct an small scale solar house with high energy performance. 21 competitors are taking part in the competition, including two French teams. The projects will be evaluated based on ten criteria varying from architecture to durability, and including comfort, innovation and market viability. The ENSAG, selected by the Solar Decathlon Europe Selection Committee, is working with INES (Institut National de l'Energie Solaire – French National Solar Energy Institute) and the GAIA (Grands Ateliers de l'Isle d'Abeau - French Centre for Teaching, Research and Experimentation in Construction). The year 2009 is dedicated to research work, design and input by experts. Construction will begin in 2010.
CSTB's scientific input
"Core-skin-shell": a PhD thesis starting next year
"Global optimisation of the architectural and technical design of energy saving constructions": this is the title of a CSTB PhD thesis that will deal with optimisation of energy performances in tall residential buildings and a study of the architectural, energy and technical potentials of the "core-skin-shell" concept. The thesis will be based on the study of two projects (new construction and rehabilitation). A first phase of the work will consider the current situation of the concept. It will be followed by an exploration and its potential regarding air quality, lighting, and hygrothermal and acoustic comfort.