Solar Decathlon Europe organizes free workshops for children and youngest about building sustainability


  • The sustainable solar house models participating in SDE 2012, will be also exhibited in “Museo de la Ciudad de Madrid”

Madrid, 3th of November, 2011, (Ministry of Public Works, Government of Spain).

Solar Decathlon Europe bets again on children during the Science Week offering them free workshops in the “Museo de la Ciudad” in Madrid from the 8th to 20th of November.

These children’s workshop about chemistry and sustainability applied to edification will last 55 minutes and aims to kids from 6 to 12 years old and for youngsters from 12 to 16 years old. They could attend both  individually or in scholar groups, a previous reservation is needed from Thursday to Friday.

It will also offer the possibility to enjoy the exposition of the solar and efficient house models which will participate in the Solar Decathlon

During the final phase of the competition on September, teams will build their real size housing in the Villa Solar, that will be located in the Casa de Campo in Madrid, will open to the public, and where the houses will have to overcome the ten trials of the competition.

SDE2012 is the most international edition up to date, with participating teams from 15 countries (Germany, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom and Romania), making this the most international edition.

SDE being held in Spain shows that Spain has become a focal point in research and use of renewable energy in buildings and energy efficiency implementation in houses. The objective of this international competition, in addition to generating new knowledge, is to create awareness among the general public on the rational use of energy. And also to demonstrate that a more efficient energy use is possible and affordable, if buildings are constructed to avoid losing heat in winter and staying cool in summer, therefore resulting  in  less heating and air conditioning, utilizing less consuming appliances, and getting the energy needed through renewable sources such as the sun.

Solar Decathlon Europe is organized by the Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development at the Spanish Ministry of Public Works with the collaboration of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the support of the US Department of Energy. In addition, SDE has the collaboration of the Madrid City Council and Spanish Energy Saving Energy Agency IDAE, and the sponsorship of Saint-Gobain (main sponsor), Schneider Electric, Rockwool, Kömmerling and FCC.

Solar Decathlon Europe has been endorsed by the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign as an Official Partner.

The UE “Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2011” has been given to Solar Decathlon Europe in the category of “Communication”.

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