Freshome founder Micle Mihai-Cristian recently visited Israel thanks to Kinetis ( Kinetis is a nonprofit educational organization established to promote, at home and abroad, the recognition of Israel as a vibrant and inspirational source of creativity and innovation). It was there that the connection with Architect Joseph Cory of Geotectura was established. This is how we found out about the Solar Decathlon China 2013, a design competition that will challenge collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are Net Zero Energy Buildings and are affordable, energy-efficient and attractive.

According to the press release we were sent by Joseph Cory, the summer of 2013 will be the first year that a team from Israel will participate in the Solar Decathlon competition. Team Israel’s design for a house draws much of its inspiration from the Mediterranean “4 Room Israelite House”, an ancient building archetype found in archaeological remains in the region from 3500 years ago, with rooms built around a central courtyard. It focuses on the link between the indoors and outdoors with a large patio that creates a gradual threshold from public to private space.

The building incorporates passive design features that create an improved thermal envelope that will maintain a comfortable living environment with minimal space heating or cooling. Windows, walls, and floors are made to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject excessive heat in the summer. Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has involved over 90 teams and influenced thousands of collegiate participants in interdisciplinary research, design and construction of energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. Finally have a look at the video for more information!