The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. This session will present projects by the winner, Team Austria, and the Stevens Institute who ranked fourth.
Presentation of the LISI house, Team Austria’s winning entry, is intended to supplement an individual’s basic knowledge of energy efficient building design, passive solar concepts, construction and prefabrication processes for new homes or renovations. The team will provide an overview of the design principles used in highly energy-efficient buildings. They will also explain the solutions used for improved building enclosure, high efficiency window systems and state-of-the-art ventilation systems with heat recovery to decrease ventilation heat loss.
Ecohabit, Stevens’ entry, creates a new mindset of interaction between a house and its user, their patterns, building systems and the regional climate. This enables the user to cohabit with the house, learning from each other to create a more energy-efficient, sustainable life.
Christoph Buxbaum PhD. is senior lecturer for energy efficient sustainable building design and building science at the department of architecture at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Austria. Mr. Buxbaum is engaged in several research and design projects for energy efficient building systems. Buxbaum is a Project Manager for the research focus “Building Science” and the first Austrian outdoor field test site at the CUAS. He is also a Building Science Consultant, owner of an architectural office and Authorized Expert for Building Science. Christoph has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a PhD for Technical Sciences from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Bettina Zerza is a German-born, New York-based architect and the founder and principal of ZERZA. She received her master’s degree in architecture from the Graz University of Technology. She was one of the few selected visiting students at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union, New York, where Peter Eisenman and John Hejduk were among her professors. In 2001, she undertook advanced studies in urban planning at the University of Naples Federico II. Prior to launching ZERZA, Zerza was a design architect with Asymptote Architecture, New York, and Claudio Silvestrin Architects, London. She is a licensed architect in New York State and in member states of the European Union.
Mark Pollock is an Industry Assistant Professor and the Project Manager for the Solar Decathlon competition at Stevens Institute of Technology. Besides teaching Senior Design and Graduate courses in integrated design he led the team of over sixty students who worked on the university’s fourth place 2013 Solar Decathlon house. Prior to joining Stevens, Mark worked for SHoP Architects on a number of projects that ranged in scale from developing a custom furniture line through what will be the first modular tower in New York City. Mark is a LEED Accredited Professional and was a leading voice in developing SHoP’s work on sustainable design and environmental analysis.
Organized by: AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)