30 May 2012
The 22 teams competing for the Solar Decathlon China 2013 have been formally announced at a group appearance in the city of Datong, Shanxi Province. This marks the close to the team selection process and the official start of the promotion phase.
Fifteen Chinese universities, including Tsinghua University, Xiamen University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Southeast University and others and 20 international universities, including the US Florida International University, the Turkish Middle East Technical University, Iran Abbaspour University of Technology, Israeli Tel Aviv University, the UK London Metropolitan University, Australian University of Wollongong, Swiss Berne University of Applied Sciences, Swedish Chalmers University of Technology, and the National University of Singapore, have formed their own teams or joined with others in the competition.
The 22 teams are from 13 countries including China, the US, Singapore, Sweden, Israel, the UK, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand.
The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. On 27 May, the Organizing Committee of SD China 2013 held a schematic design review workshop focusing on the review and guidance on the designs of the competing teams. The workshop reviewed solar energy collection, efficiency of use, energy saving, energy balance, indoor environment, building technology and market potential to better present the spatial requirement in design of solar energy buildings, namely the integration of solar energy, energy saving and architectural design. The workshop stressed the need to build living spaces that offer sound and complete functions, comfort and sustainability.
The Organizing Committee of SD China 2013 is also accepting submissions for the slogan and mascot for this event from universities in China and overseas and the general public. Organizations and individuals experienced in logo design and image designs are welcome to participate.