THE COAM INAUGURATES NEW LOCATION AND BECOMES THE OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE 2012 MODELS

- The Dean of the COAM, José Antonio Granero, accompanied by the Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón; the President of the “Comunidad de Madrid”, Esperanza Aguirre; and the Mayoress of Madrid, Ana Botella; among other authorities, have inaugurated today the new COAM headquarters in Calle Hortaleza, 63 in Madrid.

- The Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 model exhibition will be open to the public in its new headquarters until December 2012.

 

Madrid, February 29th, 2012

This morning, the Dean of the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, José Antonio Granero, has inaugurated the new COAM headquarters in la Calle Hortaleza 63, Madrid, accompanied by, among other personalities, the Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón; the Comunidad de Madrid´s President, Esperanza Aguirre; the Mayoress of Madrid, Ana Botella; the General Manager of Architecture, Housing and Land, Pilar Martínez López; and the President of The Senate, Pío García Escudero.

The move to these new headquarters, conceived as a great revitalizing centre of the city, involves a range of advantages since of the 20,000 square meters in size, 12,000 will be the architects’ headquarters.

Fruit of the institutional agreement between COAM and SDE, the COAM becomes Official exhibition Headquarters for the 20 models of the houses participating in the next Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 edition, as well as SDE Collaborating Entity. As Sergio Vega, Project Manager of Solar Decathlon Europe has explained, “The aim is to join forces between the COAM and SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE, to spread the innovations and THE SDE prototypes technologies, and to raise awareness among architects to more energy efficient solutions, promoting the improvement of the sustainability of our buildings and cities”.

The solar and sustainable model exhibition will be open to the public and can be visited free in the COAM opening hours.

These models are an accurate reproduction of the sustainable houses that will run exclusively on solar power and that will be built to real size in September 2012 in la Casa de Campo de Madrid, in the Villa Solar, a space where the greatest advances in solar and sustainable technology can be visited free.

Solar Decathlon Europe

SDE is a competition between universities around the world which design and build energy self-sufficient houses, using the sun as the only source of energy. The aim is to promote sustainable development through research and applied innovation to architecture and efficient construction.

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.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 has 20 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 up to date.

Solar Decathlon Europe is organized by General Direction of Architecture, Housing and Land of 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 Schneider Electric, 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”.

SDE with these activities adds to the celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for all, 2012, declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

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