Solar Decathlon Europe encourages children to know more about Sustainable Architecture

DABADUM Madrid 2011

  • Debates, construction, chemistry and sustainability at children´s reach.
  • SDE, along with the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, and with the 10Action’s European  project collaboration,  will organize children´s activities from the 6th to the 11 th of December in Dabadum.

Madrid, 29  of November, 2011, (Ministry of Public Works, Government of Spain).

Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) and the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM), try to arouse children’s interest in efficient architecture and sustainable cities.

Both entities, with the 10Action’s European project, of Intelligent Energy Programme, collaboration will organize practical, educational and funny activities in Dabadum, the children’s entertainment lounge which will take place at IFEMA from the 6th to the 11 th of December.

Every morning there will be one hour workshops for children between 4 and 10 years old in which they will construct cities, building by building.

In the afternoon, there will be 40 minute workshops for children between 6 and 12 years old with experiments about chemistry and sustainability. At 5 o´clock, daily debates led by renowned architects will be held.

New technologies will also have their space through virtual games, trying to teach the children about renewable energy in a fun way. Finally, in the “Zona Lego”, they will be able to build signature houses following the plans.

SDE 2012 has become the most international edition so far, more than 160 students from 15 countries are participating: Germany, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom and Romania.

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, the sponsorship of Saint-Gobain (main sponsor), Schneider Electric, Rockwool, Kömmerling and FCC, and official partners AENA, ADIF, RENFE, INECO y FEVE.

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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