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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 UPV/ EHU 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


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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.


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. “

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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. Javier Gironés Project Engineer Enginner. Researcher 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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University Studies


Student Coordinator Memoria Construction Manager

Eneritz Trigueros Itziar Ibarrondo Mikel Lazkano Ioar Cabodevilla Koldo Atxa Lilia Aizkorbe Iñaki Larrañaga Enara Menoyo Ane Azkune Anabel García Olaia Ruiz de Luzuriaga Ander Salaberria Egaña Sergio Morales Leire Hontoria Hebe González Josu Lopez de Ipiña Enara Menoyo Maddi Sánchez Itziar de la Puerta Asier Larunbe Josune Rodriguez Gorka Puente Irene Compostizo Ana Maroto Hirokazu Miyoshi Oihane Camino Alaitz Arsuaga Mikel Elias Ion Lizarralde Igartua Asier Gorrosarri Fernández Olatz Pombo

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Cristina Carriles Naiara Romero Iker González Piño Xabat Oregi Xabier Urroz Naiara Romero Borja García Gorka Goicoechea Aguirre Endika Ampudia Iris Chaparro Irene Fonseca del Rio Maider Borde

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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.


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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#5 — 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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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.


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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: The eki-team on the beach La Concha in San Sebastian, January 2012 | 2: At school Arizmendi, Arrasate. Group photo. | 3: Receiving an award from the University. | 4: Our Faculty Advisor Rufino J. HernĂĄndez at the conference in Bilbao | 5: Our poster at the Congress CONAMA Local, Vitoria-Gasteiz | 6: Exhibition at Cristina Enea Foundation, Donostia-San Sebastian. | 7: Conference in Bilbao | 8: Group photo of FP conference, Vitoria-Gasteiz | 9: Press conference in the city council of San Sebastian. | 10: Radio interview in Euskadi Irratia | 11: Educational workshop in Arizmendi school.

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12: Exterior view from South. | 13: House plan | 14 South elevation | 15: North elevation | 16: Viwe from South | 17: Longitudinal section | 18: Cross section. | 19: Aerial view. | 20: Axonometric view. Different configurations of space. | 21: Views from inside the house.

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Dissemination activities


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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. 1st ekihouse CONFERENCE EFICIENCIA ENERGÉTICA Y SOSTENIBILIDAD EN LA EDIFICACIÓN On Thursday may 10 2012 at 10:30am the Technical Conference Series: “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Construction - ekihouse - Solar Decathlon Europe 2012” will be inaugurated in the Bizkaia Aretoa building in Bilbao. The objective of this conference is to exchange different opinions about the sustainable construction, energy efficiency in construction, the solar energy, the reuse and the smart use of the water sources, between the professionals, companies and researchers of the field.

ECOBUILD Ecobuild, the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment brought together more than 57,000 industry professionals from 20-22 March 2012 at London’s ExCeL. Over the three days visitors explored the products, services and innovations from more than 1,500 exhibitors. Ekihouse team have been represented at Ecobuild too by ClusterHabic. Visitors were able to attend more than 130 free of charge conference and seminar sessions featuring a host of high profile politicians, utting edge industry experts and renowned commentators.

Iñaki Largo, during the Conference in Bilbao, May 2012.

Iñaki Mendizabal during the Conference in Vitoria-Gastreiz


inSOSteible conference

kihouse participated in a conference on Sustainability in the construction in which professional training students and teachers coming from Euskadi, Catalunia, the Canary Islands, Madrid and other communities also participated. Edwin Rodriguez, Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 project manager, presented the competition and Iñaki Mendizabal ekihouse project.

Ekihouse has participated in the first edition of the conference “inSOStenible” held in Granada, where he presented current issues related to sustainable architecture, from the territorial scale of construction detail. Among speakers ranging from professionals to students, EKIHOUSE was invited to describe their experience and work in the Solar Decathlon, explaining the project and its bioclimatic characteristics and giving his opinion on a basis consistent

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strategies and environmentally friendly. In a panel discussion, participants left the conference demonstrate those architectures that, by their excessive cost, poor social component, mismanagement or unacceptable environmental impact, among others, are clearly unsustainable.

WORKSHOP AT ARIZMENDI IKASTOLA Ekihouse visited Arizmendi Ikastola, a high school in Arrasate-Mondragon (Gipuzkoa). Together with the students, we have done some activities about sustainability, the ipact of construction and materials in the nature and bioclimatic architecture. As conclusion, we explained ekihouse and we were provided with feedback on our project.

Ehibition “ekihouse, una casa para el futuro” The previous 7th of March, the “ekihouse: una casa para el futuro” exhibition was inaugurated in the headquarters of Crisitina Enea foundation, in Donostia San Sebastián. This foundation works raising awareness of environmental and sustainability values. This exhibition is inscribed inside the collaboration agreement between ekihouse and Cristina Enea Foundation, which will materialize also in various activities, with the aim of bringing this project, and its enviromental values, to the society. In this exhibition was presenting the project and them self . Also, what is the Solar Decathlon 2012 competition means. Educational workshop in Arzmendi school, Arrasate.



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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PRess Release oficial del proyecto ekihouse, Mayo 2012