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Our architectural design expresses a commitment to producing a Solar Decathlon project which is relevant to the broader context of social,

economic and environmental change. We believe that in order to be of significance to homebuilders and environmental and energy goals, any real contribution within the context of our small, crowded and resource-challenged country has to take place at the urban level and deal with the existing context. These ideals have anchored us throughout the design process and manifest themselves in our final design. Our design is inspired by local Mediterranean traditional "4 Room Israelite House" which made use of outdoor areas, such as the roof and the patio, for climate control and social interaction. This concept is found in archeological remains in our country from 3500 years ago, and is known as the ancient local building archetype. Our design is a modern interpretation, which leans on traditional passive solar traditions, and complements them with state of the art Israeli clean tech technologies.


Our design takes advantage of a "living patio" space as an outdoor living space. We see the patio as a place to go outside during the evening, a place to meet, host, eat and play, as well as a place for independent agriculture that provides basic foodstuffs as well as time out from busy city life. Through the living patio a connection is made between the interior and exterior of the house. The patio serves as a transitional space from the public domain to a gradually more private and intimate space.



West Facade

South Facade

East Facade

North Facade

Top Drawing

Many homes in Israel waste a lot of energy due to poor design and construction and inadequate insulation. Israeli homes typically have poor insulation and low control of temperatures throughout the year, a problem which has recently been associated with poor health, a variety of social and economic problems for residents, as well as with mold and dampness in homes. This house is a chance to showcase an improved quality of housing that provides climate control and a comfortable and healthy interior, while using considerably less energy than the current type of housing in Israel. The house focuses on passive design features that create an improved thermal envelope to maintain a comfortable living environment with minimal space heating. Windows, walls, and floors are made to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject solar heat in the summer, thereby reducing the house's reliance on mechanical forms of heating throughout the year. The entire structure is made from steel which is recyclable. Light steel construction enables high weight/strength ratio, thus saving a lot of material and decreasing transportation costs. Using prefabricated elements with computerized manufacturing allows a clean site while minimizing the quantities of waste.

The Building Envelope was designed to perform very well in the Israeli market, perform well in the Datong competition climate (August), with cost being a significant consideration. The chosen combination of materials was based on research and calculations of the performance of each material and its R and U values. The envelope is designed for optimal thermal insulation and uses modular insulated panels. The main isolation layers of this section are as follows:

Indan Panels // A pre-fabricated element consisting of two galvanized and pre-finished steel sheets, which are bonded to an element core made of non-combustible mineral wool. All three layers make a solid element. With no thermal bridges and with the mineral wool core, a more stable seasonal climate is achieved, reducing heating and cooling costs. Glasswool blanket // Made from silica sand, this is used for thermal insulation, sound insulation, acoustic comfort as well as fire safety. It is rot proof and resistant to aging. It does not corrode, decompose or allow mold formation. The blanket is cut to 40 cm width and coated with plastic to ensure safe, healthy and clean installation.

Fiber Cement Board// The entire flooring of the house is tiled with Fiber Cement Board, which is a composite material manufactured in a board and planks form. The board has high durability against dampness, fire, extreme weather, earthquakes, termites, and UV radiation and can therefore suit interior as well as for exterior use. The material is non-combustible and has anti-slip treatment. Since the material is prefabricated, and cut at the factory near the building site, it contributes to a clean building site and minimum material waste, without the need to use water. In addition to the use of those boards as the outdoor and indoor flooring, it is also installed as the bathroom wall and top surfaces, outdoor furniture.

The main entrance of the house will be from the living patio. The western edge of the house which leads into the patio and then to the house, contains a mix of uses: a quiet space, a place to grow a variety of vegetation and an area of separation. Inside the house, the partition wall becomes the kitchen, again connecting interior and exterior.

Plant name Delosperma 'Alba'

Description hybrid Cactus family: Succulents

Use Ornamental plant


Rosemary "Rosmarinus officinalis" Origanum syriacum

Perennial herb evergreen, small Cooking Herb flowers family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae Aromatic herb family: Lamiaceae Perennial, evergreen family: Lamiaceae Perennial, evergreen family: Lamiaceae Deciduous Shrub flowers: August family: Verbenaceae Perennial flowers: Jun-October family: Lamiaceae Herbaceous perennial vine family: Convolvulaceae Cooking Herb

Salvia officinalis "Rosmarinus officinalis" Mentha suaveolens Aloysia triphylla

Cooking Herb

Tea Herb Tea Herb

Melissa officinalis

Tea Herb

Ipomoea batatas "Sweet potato" Butterfly Lavender

Ornamental plant

Small shrub of Mediterranean Cooking Herb origin family: Labiatae Evergreen Bulb growing to 0.6 m family: Alliaceae Edible leafy plant

Allium cepa "Onion" Lactuca sativa "Lettuce" Eruca vesicaria sativa "Rocket" Ocimum basilicum

Annual/Biennial growing to 0.9 m Edible leafy plant family: Asteraceae It is an annual plant growing 20- Edible leafy plant 100 cm height family: Brassicaceae Perennial, growing to 0.5 m family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae Cooking Herb

Petroselinum crispum "Parsley" Lemon tree

Biennial, growing to 0.6 m family: Apiaceae Evergreen, growing to 3 m family: Rutaceae

Cooking Herb

The Solar Decathlon competition challenges 20 student-led teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that produce at least as much as energy as they use, while being affordable, livable, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends cost-effectiveness, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The Solar Decathlon demonstrates innovation in solar and sustainable architecture and identifies immediately viable technologies. The first competition was held in the United States in 2002 and it has been held biennially since 2005, with additional competitions in Europe in 2010 and 2012.

In August 2013, Solar Decathlon China takes place in Datong, China, hosted by the Chinese National Energy Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy. Team Israel, the first Israeli team to take part in a Solar Decathlon competition, will construct and operate its prototype house, competing in ten contests assessing everything from the house's architectural style and market appeal to the ability of its residents to cook, do laundry and entertain while conserving energy.

The group's approximately thirty students hail from the fields of architecture, engineering, interior and industrial design, and environmental studies, supervised by two academic supervisors, both architects specializing in sustainable design. In addition, the team has created a large network of academic, government and industry partners. The project's position at the cutting-edge of sustainable building technologies has garnered extensive partnerships and industry support.

Team Israel is made up of students from four leading colleges and universities in Israel incorporating future architects, engineers, and designers: Shenkar College of Engineering & Design, Tel Aviv University, the College of Management Academic Studies, and the Neri Bloomfield School of Design. We are proud to be the first Israeli team to participate in a Solar Decathlon competition.

Our design agenda reflects Israel's dynamic culture, social values and sun-blessed climate. Participating in the competition is an opportunity for us to demonstrate professional and social responsibility by presenting a building which aims to be low budget while maintaining a high standard of architectural and energy design.

Academic CO-directors Arch. Dr. Joseph Cory Arch. Chen Shalita

Team Managers Hadas Peer Veronica Zak Alon Kaplan Yulia Lipkin Liron Dan Maya Assif Ashkenazi Yasmeen Lala - Ferro Naama Romano Nir Dubrovsky Shula Goulden Anna Blovshtein // Team Leader // Architecture // Energy // Interior Design // Materials // Communications // PR // Sponsorship // Market Appeal // Project Manual // BIM

Team Members

Shy Lev-Ari // Ron Zipory // Diana Marder // Snir Mazula // Yosef Orenstain // Eitan Abel // Yulia Berezin // Ohad Zlotnick // Alon Haim Shaul // Shiran Nozik // Luda Dubrovsky // Roi Nuri // Nadav Gofer // Alon Dotan

Yonatan Friedman Stephan Bahous Gali Elkovitch Nick Peykov Noa Shimoni

// Team Leader 2011-2012 // Architecture Manager 2011-2012 // BIM Manager 2011-2012 // Climate Manager 2011-2012