Illawarra Flame House – Team UOW Australia

The managing director, Michael Whitehouse, was given the opportunity in 2013 to assist the University of Wollongong in their entry into the China Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon project involved designing, building and operating a net zero energy home through a number of competitions to simulate real world living, while competing against University teams from around the world. This design was one-of-a-kind due to unique retrofit of a common

Michael’s role as services manager including a heavy design role, involved in most aspects of construction and operated the home through the decathlon contests in China. The team was successful in building the house in Australia, disassembling and transporting the house to China, rebuilding the house in 10 days and competing in the Decathlon contests before disassembling the house again and returning to Australia. The team was able to achieve first place against 20 international University teams in the largest architectural and University led design contest in the world, achieve the highest recorded score of any Solar Decathlon contest.


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