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POWER HOUSE Nearly Zero Energy Challenge meets Solar Decathlon Europe 2012!

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The task of future proofing homes for European citizens is being taken in hand by CECODHAS Housing Europe members. Social, Cooperative, and Public Housing non-for-profit housing providers are working to meeting the challenge of balancing social and ecological challenges. While the situation varies throughout the Union, in some cases the cost of constructing housing which meets ambitious energy performance requirements exceeds the cost price standard in the sector by 45%, 50% and even by 80%. Higher costs prices are a result of more complex building concepts and systems, use of alternative materials, procurement procedures.

To meet these challenges, the sector must innovate - it must identify ways to save money during the construction or rebuilding process and to look for innovative approaches, concepts and building techniques which make the realisation of nearly-Zero Energy buildings both simpler and cheaper. These innovations which should integrate design, building processes, building systems and techniques as well as the legislative framework, the financing and governance must radically reduce energy consumption in exchange for a manageable additional investment. Naturally, these concepts must be applicable for new constructions as well as renovations and must keep end-users at their heart. For this reason CECODHAS Housing Europe - under aegis of the POWER HOUSE Nearly Zero Energy Challenge initiative - has teamed up with the Solar Decathlon to tap into the inspiration and motivation of the world’s best architectural schools in its quest to shape the innovative path of the sector. A team of jurors, expert practitioners from the housing organisations will evaluate 10 Solar Decathlon entries and select 3 Teams to present their work during the “CECODHAS Housing Europe meets Solar Decathlon Europe Symposium” on Wednesday 26 September at Casa de Campo, Madrid (please download the Draft Programme below). Should you wish to attend this event, please send an email with your details to Alessandro Cesale at alessandro.cesale@housingeurope.eu.