The only Italian team admitted to the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 won the grand prize on Saturday for its passive solar home prototype. The prototype is part of a four-storey urban regeneration complex proposed for the Tor Fiscale on the outskirts of Rome.
The RhOME for denCity project seeks to address the housing problems faced by people who have been priced out of Rome’s real estate market due to the country’s economic woes: singles, temporary workers, young couples and elderly people, reports Inhabitat.com. The 80 square metre prototype has a flexible floor plan that can accommodate different types of occupants and adapt as families grow or separate.
The house uses passive solar design principles: Large loggias to the north and south provide cross ventilation that naturally cool the house, while adjustable photovoltaic screens are built into façade to provide both energy and shade. The prefabricated technology minimises unexpected costs and uses only environmentally friendly wood.
The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges university teams from all over the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. This year’s competition featured 20 houses from 16 countries and three continents. Prototypes were judged in 10 different categories including architecture, energy efficiency, innovation, urban design and sustainability.
Photo credit: RhOME for denCity