Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Solar Decathlon 2014: SymbCity, roof building to increase density

  • SymbCity - Soltis FT 381 © Serge Ferrari
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Project data

• Team Plateau
Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha
Universidad de Alcala de Henares

  • • Serge Ferrari flexible composite material
    Soltis FT 381 – Colour ref. 3123: Beige
    114 m²

    > South facade:
    Top: Three 1.80/2.80/4.80 m x 1 m panels
    Bottom: Three 1.80/2.80/4.80 m x 1.50 m panels
    > North facade:
    Top: Three 1.80/2.80/4.80 m x 2 m panels
    Bottom: Three 1.80/2.80/4.80 m x 1.50 m panels
    > Peripheral guard railing
    10 m long x 0.80 m high

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    This Spanish team urges roof “colonisation” by surmount an old building with a new timber-framed level, which is symbiotic with the existing construction and ensures sustainable solar housing.
    Team Plateau has selected Soltis FT screens to enhance project insulation.

    Live from Solar Decathlon:

    The Spanish universities have envisaged conducting this urban rehabilitation operation in Madrid’s Manoteras residential area, which was developed in the 1950s.
    The floor of the new building level will extend one metre beyond the two facades of the existing building to create a double glass skin, which increases the thermal resistance of the old walls.
    Profit from selling the new apartments could be used for full renovation of the building.

    SymbCity at Solar Decathlon 2014
    The prototype presented at Solar Decathlon 2014 is an apartment designed for two people, built on a 1.30 m high base, representing the “host” building.
    This is a two-room apartment comprising a multifunctional space and a studio.
    Multifunctional area usage varies on a seasonal basis. In summer, it is a shady terrace aerated by cross-ventilation and featuring vertical vegetation. In winter, the multifunctional area shell can be fully closed by blades that swivel in its roof, which allows it to be used as a solar greenhouse. The single-pitched roof is fitted with 4.8 kWc CIS thin layer solar panels, which maintain good performance levels in high ambient temperatures.

    The studio is insulated in compliance with the “Passivhaus” benchmark and is fitted with phase-changing equipment to ensure its excellent summer/winter thermal control in conjunction with its Soltis FT 381 veritable microclimatic screens.

    SymbCity: a microclimatic façade by Serge Ferrari
    The top and bottom sections of the building south and north façades are clad with Soltis FT 381 screens mounted and tensioned on wooden frames. These are veritable sunscreens on the south façade, effectively contributing to the building’s thermal control by blocking up to 81% of the sun’s heat. Their openwork design provides just the right natural light contribution, while protecting against glare.
    On the north facade, the Serge Ferrari screens protect them from the wind and act as a visual screen to conceal unsightly services and technical equipment.
    The transparency of the Serge Ferrari openwork membranes ensure continued outward visibility, thereby avoiding the effects of enclosure to ensure optimum visual comfort of residents.

    Serge Ferrari screens encircle the bottom section of the buildings façades and are used as guard railing. In addition to greater security (tensioned screen is extremely resistant to impacts), they create a certain aesthetic added value by giving harmony to the overall aspect of this roof house.

    100 % recyclable through the Texyloop recycling network, Soltis FT 381 offers significant reduction of environmental impacts associated with its end-of-life management.

    Energy Efficiency Award : Symbcity by Team Plateau arrived 3rd with Team Unicode !

    ©  Team Plateau – – Solar Decathlon 2014


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