Knauf Insulation Australia has supported the University Of Wollongong (UOW) and the Illawarra Flame House teams in the latest Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is the largest sustainable building research and innovation competition in the world run by the US Department of Energy and China’s National Energy Adminstration. The objective of this event is to design affordable net-zero energy, solar powered homes.
The team consisted of 30 students from the University of Wollongong and Illawara Tafe, who study engineering, architecture, design and construction. Team UOW brought a different demonstration to the Solar Decathlon, also known as the Energy Olympics, by being the first team to demonstrate retrofit of a 1960’s house.
Knauf Insulation Australia donated 451m² of Earthwool® insulation to the team to assist with completing the retrofit and reaching their aim of a net-zero energy rated home. The insulation was used in the floors and ceilings. The team chose Earthwool insulation due to its excellent sustainability credentials and high thermal and acoustic performance.
Scott Redwood, Design and Construction Manager for the project said: “Through the Energy Olympics we are able to influence the development of sustainable housing. It was important we chose products that align with our goals and the sustainable credentials of Earthwool made it an obvious choice for our entry.”
Over two gruelling years in the lead up to the competition the team designed, constructed and disassembled the 1960’s home in preparation for the event. Not only did the team win overall they also won five first place and two second place awards in the individual categories.