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The team


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Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Ortiz Vice President for Research UPV/EHU

Rufino J. Hernández Professor UPV/EHU, Faculty Advisor

UPV/EHU in the challenge of solar architecture

The University of the Basque Country EHU/UPV has accepted the invitation of the organization of the Solar Decathlon Europe, the Government of Spain and the Department of Energy of the United States to participate in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 will take place in Madrid in September 2012. The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition open to all accredited colleges, universities and other higher education institutions in which teams of students compete to design, build and operate homes with solar features. The competition is an excellent opportunity to disseminate knowledge and prestige for universities and entities. Will integrate and generate knowledge on sustainable construction demanded by society, meeting the requirements of quality and comfort. Socially, the competition is a great opportunity to raise awareness of important issues to the environment and responsible use of energy and the renewable energy. The project has been designed to increase participants’ knowledge of energy efficiency of buildings and to encourage them to participate in research and development projects related to solar energy. The competition encourages collaboration among students in the disciplines of architecture, engineering, business, communication and marketing, in order to develop and implement new solar technologies applied to the housing market. The UPV / EHU, with institutional support from the Department of Housing, Public Works and Transportation of the Basque Government and other institutions of the Basque Country, invites institutions and companies to participate in this event as an effective platform for spreading, on a national and international capabilities of knowledge, technology and production of Basque society, its companies and institutions.

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A teamwork


Our university


Team officers




Supporting professors



Eneritz Trigueros Student Coordinator

A teamwork The Research Group for Quality of Life in Architecture (caviar), is coordinating the project at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. In addition, involving other departments and institutes of the University related to the different issues that this project addresses. The Department of Heat Engines, located in the Engineering School of Bilbao and the Mining and Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science Department, are some of the collaborating university organizations. However, the main protagonists of this project are university students. This competition is an excellent opportunity to implement the training in diverse in fields as design, construction, energy efficiency, market viability, communications, etc. Consequently, the work is done in an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration that multiplies the possibilities of learning for all team members. Since December 2010, a large group of architecture and engineering students are working together in collaboration with teachers and researchers in this interdisciplinary project.

“The architects of the future” “This competition gives us the opportunity to put into practice everything learned in college. We designed the house ourselves, but more interesting is that we also build. This will help us to understand many of the building systems we have studied previously. As the architects of the future, it is very important to promote sustainable architecture among us, because this is the architecture of the future. Solar Decathlon addition by trying to innovate and apply new technologies, very important to reduce energy costs.

Teamworking, February 16, 2011

Personally, I am excited about the collaboration between different professions as architects, engineers, sociologists, etc., you can help to sensitize society on sustainable architecture. Furthermore, we know people from other countries and so we are learning about the different working modes in each of them. “

ekihouse PR#4 — 4 OUR UNIVERSITY

The UPV/EHU is the only public university in the Basque Country. The institution has over 50,000 students, tutors and administrative staff. Also, 95 percent of all research in the Basque country takes place here, and its classrooms have seen the gradation of a quarter of a million students in diverse subjects. It is one of the most important universities in Spain in terms of numbers of degree courses and students. The University of the Basque Country is at the helm of Research, Development and Innovation in a region which stands out as one of the most prosperous in Europe. Our Three campuses are located in the main cities of the Basque Country: VitoriaGasteiz, Bilbao and San Sebastian.


Rufino J. Hernández Faculty Advisor PhD Architect. Full Professor, Architectural Construction. High School of Architecture, San Sebastian. Co-founder of ah asociados Research areas: Quality of life in Architecture, Materials and industrialized building systems and Sustainable construction and energy efficiency

Olatz Irulegi Project manager PhD Architect. Associate professor in Architectural Construction. High School of Architecture Research areas: Sustainable construction and energy efficiency Mikel Lazkano Construction Manager Site operation Coordinator High School of Architecture, 6th year. Enara Menio Project Architect High School of Architecture, 6th year. Luis Torres Project Engineer Enginner. Researcher Quality of Life in Architecture Group Antonio Serra Electrical Engineer PhD Enginner. Researcher. Quality of Life in Architecture Group

Iñaki Mendizabal Structural Engineer Architect, Associate Professor. High School of Architecture Eneritz Trigueros Student Team Leader High School of Architecture, 6th year. Koldo Atxa HS Team Coordinator High School of Architecture, 6th year. Raffaelina Loi Contest Captain Architect. Researcher Quality of Life in Architecture Group Borja García Instrumentation contact High School of Architecture, 6th year. Víctor Araújo Communication coordinator Sponsorship manager Architect. Researcher Quality of Life in Architecture Group

Some pictures of various team activities.

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Name Enara Menoyo Ane Azkune Anabel García Olaia Ruiz de Luzuriaga Ander Salaberria Sergio Morales Leire Hontoria


08 Marta Chavarri

D: Diploma SEEC: Postgraduate in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Construction MC: Postgraduate in Multimedia Communication.

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Enara Menoyo Maddi Sánchez Eva Calles Josune Rodriguez Irene Compostizo Ana Maroto Hirokazu Miyoshi Asier Larunbe Itziar Ibarrondo Gorka Puente Hebe González Mikel Lazkano Ioar Cabodevilla Koldo Atxa Lilia Aizkorbe Iñaki Larrañaga Borja García Gorka Goicoechea Oihane Camino Alaitz Arsuaga Hodei Abaurrea Eñaut Legarda Mikel Elias Stefano Cova Adela Lucaci Ion Lizarralde Asier Gorrosarri Naiara Iglesias Cristina Carriles Naiara Romero Iker González Xabier Urroz Olatz Pombo Josu López de Ipiña Aintzane Ruiz Asier Boto Amagoia Etxebarria Salma Arahou Endika Ampudia Iris Chaparro Irene Fonseca del Rio Maider Borde

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Tamara Arando Teresa Solano Txomin Lasarte Eneritz Trigueros Lara Del Valle

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Interdisciplinarity & transversality

SUPPORTING PROFESSORS The role of these teachers is fundamental to support, review and coordination of student work. They belong to different departments of our university, covering different fields of knowledge.

The organization and coordination of team work is a fundamental key in this transversal and interdisciplinary project. Thus, responsibilities for the different sections are assumed equally by professors, researchers and students, making a solid and detailed organizational chart, which reflects the different aspects involved SDE competition, the design and construction

Luis Alfonso del Portillo PhD Engineer. Full Professor. High School of Engineering of Bilbao Director of the Departement of Heat Engines Ane Miren Garcia PhD Engineer. Full Professor. School of Mining Engineering. Jose Antonio Millán Professor of Thermodynamics High School of Engineering of Bilbao Aitor Urresti Associate professor. Technical School of Industrial Engineering Koldobika Martin Associate professor. School of Mining Engineering

of the solar house. At the same time, the team is permanently open to the participation of new members of the university community and its organization is changing and expanding to integrate these new “decathletes.”

Ignacio R. Matías PhD Engineer, Full professor Public University of Navarra Iñigo Rodriguez Architect. Associate Professor. High School of Architecture Eneko Uranga Architect. Associate Professor. High School of Architecture Xabat Oregi Architect. Associate Professor. High School of Architecture Claudia Pennese PhD Architect. Researcher Quality of Life in Architecture Group

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...much more than a solar house

ekihouse is the proposal of the UPV/EHU Team for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition. This project is much more than a solar house. It is the work and expectations of many students, professors, researchers, institutions, companies‌ The goal of the team is to demostrate to the society the capability of the Basque Country University of building a house that could make real the improvement of the life quality in architecture.


a team

a project

and a house

ekihouse is being developed by many multidisciplinary groups inside the university, in collaboration with the institutions and the companies that provide the technology that make possible the construction of the house. The collaboration between these groups must be very close, so, we organize the groups following the objetives of the competition, dividing them into smaller groups. We also include another categories outside the SDE structure that helps us completing the work in a better way.

ekihouse team tries to improve the project for every deliverable, but this is only the visible part of this effort. During each phase, and every day, we try to work together in the same direction: make ekihouse, the very best solar house for the society.

ekihouse is a solar house that comply with all the requirements of its occupants. From the energy demand, to the maximum confort, thanks to the generous spaces generated inside the envelopment without any kind of obstacles.

As we stated in the first paragraphs, the main objetive of the project is to build a house that would improve the life quality in architecture, throught a competitive proposal that transmits the people that another way of housing is possible with the current technology, at a reasonable price. We are called to raise society awareness to improve the environment, reducing the waste and emissions to the atmosphere. The construction waste, are one of the main causes of the climate change, so that, we have the opportunity to show the public that this fact could be changed thanks to the solar house.

At this point of the project, we participate actively with every partner and company that take part in the development of the house. This is one of the most important points of the daily work because the team have to learn from the technology of the current market and adapt it to the project, but at the same time, it is a challenge for the partners who learn of the concerns and problems of the group, trying to solve them. We are working on detailing every feature of the house with the purpose of finishing it before the last deliverable to be able to try on every system with the objetive of avoiding and solving every problem that could appear during the competition. This fact will help us making a better housing system and obtaining more efficient results. As well, the team works continuously to improve the work way and satisfy all the marked goals by the organization.

The two wide windows provide to the house a permanent natural illumination, controling, the sun incidence with several steel sheets occulted in the facede, in the outside of the window. As well, the solar roof, provides a good shading, that allows to open all the facade in some sunny days, reducing the solar incidence. The north facade is specially insulated for the winter days, when the heating demand increase specially. These needs can be mitigated, opening the south facade allowing the sun heat the inner side of the house. Every strategy is designed according to bioclimatic concepts, added to other active systems that allow make a better atmosphere of the house. Inside the house, all the furnitures are designed to allow a flexible configuration depending on the needs of the owner. Every situation during the day has its response, adapting the central piece of furniture, or the kitchen equipment. These

ekihouse PR#4 — 8 have inside them the bed, the desk, the table, or seats‌ The only limit is the imagination of the user! Appart from the shape or systems of the house, a fundamental feature is conscientiously studied: the industrialization of the construction and the capacity of an easy transportation. This fact is one of the main premises of this competition, giving the chance to adapt the house to any situation and place.

raising social awareness From the communication team of ekihouse many activities are being planned to spread out the meaning of the project and its relevant importance for the society. We use various channels of communication, like social networks, exhibitions,

conferences, articles, interviews‌ Team members also make an important job transmiting and spreading the project in their environment. We emphasize in the importance of the change. The public has to understand the impact of the solar house and its consequences in the global environment, walking always to a better quality of life in architecture.

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Main Partner




Media Partner





The Basque Government, through the Housing, Public Works and Transport Departmen, is the driving force of this universitary project, as well as, its main sponsor. Its institutional, financial and logistic support is fundamental for the development of ekihouse. Its support has favored the integration of an important number of companies and associations around this innovative project.


Ephemeral architectural projects based on Life Cycle Analysis to create exhibition stands, exhibitions and events environmentally better, with objective data to prove it.

From 1975 Erka is present in the distribution sector of electrical and lighting, adding value to products and services offered. His main markets are: Electrical Installation, Lighting, Industry, Engineering, Home Automation, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Erka has 9001 Certificates of Quality and Environmental Management 14001. Holtza outlined his project more than 23 years ago, a combination of engineering, design, manufacturing and timber-based construction, all undertaken by the same company. His determined commitment to providing global solutions and controlling the entire process, including the quality of the end product, is the trademark and what makes Holtza a benchmark company in the sector.

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Industrias Imar, S.A. has been producing, since being founded in 1931, all kinds of solutions in perforated metal plate, expanded metal and stamped and bored metal plate. The quality of his products, the reliability of his service and the development of solutions together with his customers, based on a high capacity for innovation, are the basis of his long life as an enterprise. IMAR has two manufacturing plants, located in Miranda de Ebro and Ortuella, with an area of more than 14,000 m2. Kömmerling in our country since 1982, has contributed greatly to the rapid development of PVC window market in the Iberian Peninsula. The environmental consideration of KÖMMERLING products begins with the selection of raw materials. Profile manufacturing is state-of-the-art and meets all applicable legal regulations. As a shareholder of Rewindo GmbH, a window recycling company, KÖMMERLING has committed itself to contributing to the tried-and-tested method of recycling used windows and post-production PVC waste.

From steel in the 19th century, to electrical distribution and automation in the 20th and energy management in the 21st, Schneider Electric has always been driven by an international, innovative and responsible mindset to shape the transformation of the industry it was evolving in.

Construcciones Sukia, founded un 1974, is active on several fronts: Residential, Industrial and Public Works. The values ​​that have made Sukia what today are: professionalism, reliability and product quality and service. The company will be responsible for coordinating the construction of the prototype.

ULMA Construcción is one of the world´s major manufacturers of formwork and scaffolding systems. Our team provides superior products and services, the most reliable quality finishes, detailed on-site assistance, organised commercial management, coordinated logistics, and the finest technical documentation.

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New Europe, SL is a professional, innovative, creative, discreet work team, with a high level of expertise. Nueva Europa advises, creates, develop and manages initiatives for private companies, public entities, organizations and institutions. Nueva Europa researchs and works to support his clients from the initial strategy through to realisation of their projects.. COLLABORATOR

Tecnalia Corporation is a Technology Corporation set up in 2001 with the principal aim of contributing towards the development of the economic and social environment by means of the use and promotion of Technological Innovation through the development and dissemination of Research in an international context. The mission of the Association Euskadi Construction Cluster is to be the instrument by which spaces are generated for participation and working together for all agents in the Construction Sector including creating, developing and assuming initiatives that improve our competitiveness.

Habic, the Basque Country Habitat and Contract Clusterm gathers the major companies in te following sectors: Habitar and home, office and work environments, communal spaces, urban settings destined to leisure, urban furniturem outdoor furniturem hotel&catering, etc.

Founded in February 1994, the Intersectoral Timber Euskadi Association (MIME) is a professional association, non-profit, voluntary body established as a meeting and advisory centre of the Basque forestry and wood related industries. The Intersectoral Euskadi Timber Association has a structuring role and representation, in order to implement actions that benefit society and the industry itself within a model of sustainable forest management.


Arizmendi Ikastola trains professionals prepared to enter the working world. Arizmendi has an extensive experience in professional training. They offer training courses since 1990, and today are specialized in three families of much future: Health, Sports Activities and Construction and Civil Works. Within these three occupational groups, Arizmendi offers two high degrees related to Consturction: Development and implementation of construction projects, construction plans.

Cristina Enea Foundation works on awareness of environmental values ​​ and sustainability. This has two main tools: the Environmental Resource Center and the Sustainability Observatory, both located in the park Cristina Enea Donostia-San Sebastian.

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More pictures about the project on our website and our Flickr channel If you need more images or higher resolution, please request by e-mail to our Communication Office:

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1 to 6: Photo shoot on the beach La Concha in San Sebastian, January 24, 2012 | 7: Visit to the prototype Kubik during Science Week, Bilbao, November 13, 2011 | 8 and 9: During Conama Congress in Vitoria-Gasteiz, where ekihouse participated with a poster on the project, November 30, 2011. | 10: Visit to our sponsor Imar, in Ortuella, knowing the potential of perforated metal facade, November 29, 2011. | 11: Some of the team members at the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones in Madrid, during the Workshop of the SDE, October 4, 2011 | 12: Our Student Coordinator Eneritz during an interview on Radio Euskadi, October 26, 2011 | 13: Visiting our partner facilities, Tecnalia, in Azpeitia, October 20, 2011 | 14: Working in the School of Architecture, Jaunary 19, 2012.

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15: 3D model. View from South. | 16: General house plan | 17 3D model. night view from the South | 18: L ongitudinal section | 19: Cross section | 20: 3D model. View from North, with the facade in the closed position. | 21: 3D model. perspective of the South facade. | 22: 3D model. Top view. | 23: View of the model without the photovoltaic roof.

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Dissemination activities


ekihouse online


Press clipping





Dissemination activities

Communication and dissemination of the project is one of the main goals of our team. The following are the main activities undertaken and planned. SDE WORKSHOP ekihouse team from the UPV / EHU has participated in the Workshop of the SDE, held between 4-6 October in Madrid. There were more than 160 students from 15 countries and 20 different universities. The Workshop, which was inaugurated by officials from the Ministry of Public Works and the City hall of Madrid, was held in the Palacio de Cibeles. The three days of work have served to promote exchanges between universities and the organization to provide participants with information on the development of competition, and the tests they must pass the next year in Madrid. Furthermore,

linked to investors, companies and universities with proprietary and / or innovative technologies. The project was presented by a poster.

TECNALIA. The ekihouse team has visited the Tecnalia, in Azpeitia. Tecnalia Corporation is a Technology Corporation set up in 2001 with the principal aim of contributing towards the development of the economic and social environment by means of the use and promotion of Technological Innovation through the development and dissemination of Research in an international context. They gave us a speech

Our team with MedinItaly, Madrid, October 2011

With Angel Lanchas, Tecnalia.

it has visited the site of the Solar Village, on la Casa del campo, where, will be built the 20 solar homes in real scale. It has also been an excellent opportunity to meet other teams from countries such as Egypt, Japan, Brazil, Germany, France, etc., With whom we live and compete next year in the Solar Village.

about all they do and how the reach it. Then, they showed us the facilities and the advanced technologies, results and applications they use.

CLEANTECH DAY The ekihouse project has been selected to participate in the “I Cleantech Day” organized by Innobasque and Cleantech Group. The meeting, held on 4 October at the Bizkaia Technology Park,

ERAIKUNE, EUSKADI CLUSTER CONSTRUCTION The project ekihouse has included in the action-line “Sustainability” of Cosntruccion Cluster of Euskadi. In this regard, representatives of the team participates regularly in Cluster Sustainability Committees.

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After having being selected in the “1st Iberoamerican Passivhaus Contest”, ekihouse has been in the 3th Spanish Passivhaus conference, the November 4th 2011 in the Parador de Turismo of Segovia. This edition, that pretends to represent the centre area of Spain, seeks the Iberoamerican attention, where there is a growing interest in the construction of buildings of zero energy. The project was presented by a poster. This poster will be exhibited also at the University of Valencia (December 2011) and the College of Architects of Valladolid (January 2012).

ekihouse team promoted its first photography competition to be known. It is proposed to anyone who wants to participate, to upload a photo to facebook, where represents ekihouse circle. In our facebook page,, you can view the photographs submitted and the winners.

SCIENCE WEEK 2011 ekihouse team attended the Open Day on Scientific and Technological Park of Bizkaia, where we visited the headquarters of Tecnalia and them experimental building Kubik. This is a unique worldwide infrastructure for I + D + i related to improvingenergy efficiency in buildings.

EXHIBITION “ekihouse: THE BASQUE SOLAR HOUSE” Cristinaenea Foundation in San Sebastian, will host the exhibition “ekihouse, the Basque solar house” starting Feb. 23. Enea Cristina Foundation works on awareness of environmental values ​​and sustainability. This has two main tools: the Environmental Resource Center and the Sustainability Observatory, both located in the park Cristina Enea Donostia-San Sebastian.

5th CONAMA LOCAL CONGRESS ekihouse team attended the second conference of the 5th CONAMA Local held inVitoria-Gasteiz between 29 November and 1 December. The meeting was about the issues of energy and climate change, sustainable mobility in crisis periods, greenest cities, and production, health and consumption. In addition, the team presented the project ekihouse in the poster session of the Congress, with ISBN 978-84-695-1564-8.

Cristinaenea Palace, San Sebastian.

CONSTRULAN Through collaboration with Bilbao Exhibition Centre, ekihouse will actively participate in this construction exhibition. Construlan (October 03/06th, 2012 ) is the meeting point for experts from all over the Atlantic Arc, From Bordeaux to Oporto, also including the Autonomous Communities of the Basque Country, Navarre, Madrid, Catalonia, La Rioja, Castilla-León, Castilla-La Mancha and Aragon, as well as other exhibitors from home and abroad.

Our team in Conama Local, Vitoria-Gasteiz, November 2011.

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Víctor Araújo Communication coordinator Architect. Researcher Quality of Life in Architecture Group Tel. 0034 609926698

Rufino J. Hernández Faculty Advisor PhD Architect. Full Professor, High School of Architecture San Sebastian Tel. 0034 943015644








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