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Institut für lebenswerte und umweltgerechte Stadtentwicklung
Institute for Sustainable Urban Development

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Solar Decathlon Europe 2021 -
Development of an urban timber construction

​​​​University students from all over the world have been participating in the building energy competition known as the Solar Decathlon for years. In 2021 the Solar Decathlon Europe will take place in Germany for the first time.

The location of the existing building is the Mirke district in Wuppertal. Mirke is a quarter shaped by the Wilhelminian style, in which the change to sustainability occupies a central place. Right there is the Café Ada, which is to be increased with residential or similar uses, including renovation.A holistic design is required that fulfills both energy concepts and social and economic constraints. This also includes sustainable urban development and densification. The focus is on innovative solutions for energy challenges in the existing urban district of Mirke. Energy supply, mobility, sufficiency, shared economy and circular economy approaches are considered in this context.

In the tradition of solar decathlon, an assessment of team performance in ten disciplines is planned. The disciplines address both the processing of the planning task for the entire property as well as the implementation in the form of a testable model living unit "Living Lab" on the adjacent outdoor area on the Nordbahntrasse.



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