Solar Decathlon China

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Take a video tour of the structure designed by Team BEMANY, incorporating skills from several WPI programs to achieve net-zero energy—and showcase innovative materials and techniques.

Solatrium—Open for Energy Savings

WPI is leading the multi-university Team BEMANY in the design, construction, and promotion of a sustainable solar home for exhibition at the first Solar Decathlon to be held in China, in August of 2013. Students from our CEE Architectural Engineering program designed the home’s structural and functional systems, and are using building informational modeling (BIM) to integrate the workflow and project management.

Team BEMANY—about 30 students and faculty members from WPI, Ghent University-Belgium, and NYU Poly—titled their net-zero energy house Solatrium, reflecting its central feature, an atrium which plays a large role in the home’s passive heating and cooling. The Solatrium was constructed in Worcester with assistance from local students at Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) before being shipped to China for the competition, where an expected audience of 500,000 will view it.

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Project Information:
Tahar El-Korchi, PhD
Civil & Environmental Engineering
CEE Department Head, Professor

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Karen L. Bean
University Advancement
Director of Academic Advancement, Special Projects