Brighton is the only UK university to be shortlisted in the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial ‘Solar Decathlon Europe’ contest which challenges teams of students and staff to combine innovation, market potential, and efficiency.
Dr Ruoyu Jin, who submitted the university’s bid, said: “The project will be a completely new concept in sustainable design and construction through prefabrication, a living house incorporating state-of-the-art technologies where the roof and walls will nourish as well as protect. It will incorporate the concepts of energy efficiency, indoor well-being, and the circular economy.”
The design, he said, ultimately could help address the global need for low-cost housing, built with sustainable and recycled materials.
The university’s intended design uses recycled materials including old shipping containers, an organic roof that encourages biodiversity targeted at bees and insect life, and living walls which provide food. Technologies to treat wastewater and monitor air quality will also be designed in.
The house will be built at the university, disassembled for shipping to next year’s contest site near Budapest, Hungary, and later returned to Brighton.