PR.Minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor, presented Solar Decathlon Europe 2012

 

  • Accompanied by Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, and Vice-Rector of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Jose Manuel Paez, the Minister stated that “the aim of this competition was to raise citizens’ understanding and awareness of the importance of reducing environmental damage and to promote sustainable development through research and innovation applied to architecture and efficient construction.”

Madrid, 17th of July 2012

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, the international competition for solar and sustainable housing, which will be held at Madrid’s Casa de Campo from 14th to 30th September, had its official presentation at the Ministry of Public Works this morning. Presiding the event was Minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor, accompanied by Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, and Vice-Rector of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Jose Manuel Paez.

Addressing more than one hundred businessmen, politicians, ambassadors and other figures from the university world, Minister Ana Pastor declared that “Solar Decathlon Europe was pure research, thought out at the University but aimed at reaching society”. She also added that “the aim of this competition was to raise citizens’ understanding and awareness of the importance of reducing environmental damage and to promote sustainable development through research and innovation applied to architecture and efficient construction.”

Meanwhile, Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, highlighted the importance of the competition and advantages of its new location. “Madrid wants to host this type of event. By holding Solar Decathlon Europe here, Madrid becomes the most important exponent of sustainable construction, R & D + i and urban sustainability.”.

Vice-Rector of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Jose Manuel Paez, singled out the key role played by the UPM in holding Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid: “”In times of crisis, commitment to the development of sustainable housing technologies earns extra points. This is a unique opportunity. We have some highly trained professionals in Spain, who could manage this growing market”.

SDE is a competition between universities from all over the world, involving the design and construction of prototypes of self-sufficient housing powered solely by the sun.

The final stage of this international competition will be held in Madrid from 14th to 30th September. Participating teams, coming from 13 countries, will build their full-scale houses at the so-called Villa Solar, which will be located in the Casa de Campo,

open to the public free-of-charge, where the houses will be subjected to the competition’s ten contests

 

This is the second edition of this international university competition outside the USA. The first edition of Solar Decathlon Europe, held in Madrid in June 2010, attracted over 200,000 visitors, who were able to acquaint themselves with the most innovative houses in the world and take part in various activities related to renewable energies and open to everyone.

 

 

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