Competing on home soil, it is important that the Spanish put in a good showing at this year's European Solar Decathlon in Madrid. With four houses on site, hopes are high that all these teams will score big and represent their respective universities well. One house spectacular house on display comes from design students from Universidad Cardenal Herrera (CEU) in Valencia. The team has submitted an updated version of their SML System House, which first unveiled at the Solar Decathlon 2010. As noted in our preview article, the improved design takes the prefabricated construction idea and successfully integrates modular building with a quality finish to create a sustainable structure that can be re-customized and expanded to meet changing needs.
This “medium” version of their design was fully constructed in under a fortnight, proving the credentials of their efficient building technique. The kitchen was fitted with the appliances off-site and then simply dropped into place by a crane during construction. Labor time on site was significantly reduced.
The SML system provides a vision of how modular design can be easily integrated into quality building practices, and how the residents can add their input into the potential final design. Combined with the possibility for extension and customized units, the Valencian team have created a high quality product that will surely be competition during this year’s Solar Decathlon.
Flip through our gallery above to find out more details on this fab home!