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Innenraum surPLUShome - inside of surPLUShome

Take a tour of the house surPLUShome!

If you can´t visit our house on the National Mall in Washington D.C. until October 18th you see the house here. Welcome in our surPLUShome

Symposium at the German Embassy in Washington DC


Sustainable Building – Innovations and strategies for the future

On the occasion of the Solar Decathlon 2009, Team Germany and the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs are hosting a public symposium at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. on October 15th, Sustainable building – Innovations and concepts for building in the future, in the aim to seize the opportunity for a deeper international exchange and discussion while presenting both innovative technologies and sustainable building concepts from Germany and United States.

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Mr. Chu US Energieminister - Mr.Chu Secretery of Energy

The Secretary of Energy Mr. Chu visited the German house

After the ceremonial opening of the Solar Decathlon, Mr. Chu took the time and visited all Participants.

In the German house – surPLUShome – he was particulary interested in the cooling-system.

Vizualisation of Sur+Home - South Eastern view

We gave our house the titel sur+home

The surPLUShome of Technische Universität Darmstadt is aimed to demonstrate innovative sustainable design and to make it an object of discussion. Our vision introduces the concept of energy efficiency and sustainability as surplus in everyday life. The building features many elements, which allow the user to break away from common stereotypes of living concepts and to generate a new efficient lifestyle.

This is a higher and new value of living. This is: a sur+

Dissambly of the house for the transport

Successful Disassembly of the House

On Friday August 14th we could dismantle our house successfull. Now we have to case it for the transport.

Hessische Energieministerin zu Besuch auf der SD09 Baustelle

VIP visit at Solar Decathlon 2009 Construction Site

After the visit of Dorothee Dzwonnek, secretary general of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) on Wednesday, August 5th we welcomed Silke Lauteschläger, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection on today's Thursday, August 6th. The Secretary complimented the innovative Energy Concept and stated her marked impression in view of the student's effort.

Both are one of the first external visitors getting a live impression of our new mounted PV-fascade.

Achim spricht den Richtspruch / Topping-out ceremony

Topping-out ceremony

Achim Dangel, who guided the students for building the shell, was speaking the topping-out speech.

Grafik für Tag der Architektur - DAM / Wissenschaftsjahr 2009

Day of Architecture and Public Open Construction Site with children's program

Richtbaum / topping-out tree

We are celebrating the topping-out of our building.

Transport Biberach-Darmstadt

The single shell elements arrived in Darmstadt to be assembled within the next days.

Logo DAM / Logo of the German Museum of Architecture

Symposium “Sustainability in Future Building Design”

In cooperation with the German Museum of Architecture we hold a conference themed “Sustainability in Future Building Design” on February, 4th. Within short lectures on Energy efficiency and Sustainability the Solar Decathlon will be positioned in the actual architecture discussion.

Programm (German)

Flyer (German)

We will start an 6:00 p.m.; Deutsches Architekurmuseum, Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

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Logo Bau Munich 2009

BAU 2009

Visit Team Germany at the
Future of Building Forum,
BAU Munich.

Hall C2, stand 339, 12 – 17 January 2009

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13-11-08 Mannheim

Award Ceremony Contra

“Excellent Climate Protection: Living of the Future”

The „Solar Decathlon Team Germany“ gets a sponsorship award of the
climate protection initiative CO2NTRA

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Logos - DOE, SD09 and NREL NREL DEO Solar Decathlon NREL DOE Solardecathlon 2009