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TECHSTYLE HAUS is the first Solar Decathlon entry to use high performance textiles that insulate and capture solar energy.

/////////////// WE NEED YOUR HELP

Your support will help to fund student workshops and building costs as we design and build TECHSTYLE HAUS, a joint entry from Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University for Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany to the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition.

/////////////// THE COMPETITION

Versailles, France: Home of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition
Versailles, France: Home of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition

VERSAILLES, FRANCE. In July 2014, twenty teams will compete in the Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design and build a home that is powered exclusively by solar energy and that utilizes innovative energy technology and sustainable architecture.  The original Solar Decathlon was hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2002 and its European counterpart was established in 2010.  The 2014 competition will be hosted in Versailles, France, adjacent to the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, and will be attended by teams from sixteen different countries and four continents. The houses are judged in ten categories:

  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Architecture
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Electrical Energy Balance
  • Comfort Conditions
  • House Functioning
  • Communications & Social Awareness
  • Urban Design, Transportation & Affordability

The goal of the competition is not only to highlight innovative energy technologies, but also to promote sustainable building practices and expose the public to new ideas about approaching 'green' living. For more information about the competition, visit http://www.solardecathlon2014.fr/en .

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THE FIRST OF ITS KIND. TECHSTYLE HAUS will combine advanced passive architecture with an innovative housing 'shell' composed of lightweight and flexible high-performance textiles. The result will be a home that is affordable and easy to prefabricate, transport, and construct.

A study of different behaviors and roles for the building's 'shell'
A study of different behaviors and roles for the building's 'shell'

PASSIVHAUS. We will be using our expertise with Passivhaus, the highest international standard for energy efficiency, to achieve a steady-state building environment that reduces space heating and cooling energy needs by up to 90%.  The home's walls and roof will be constructed from “smart” membranes and performance textiles that will passively react to variations in the atmosphere and help to manage energy flows.

A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE. TECHSTYLE HAUS will encourage its occupants to engage in healthy and sustainable living habits through compelling, positive feedback responses and an emphasis on living in a playful way. The interior of the house will be designed with moveable walls and partitions to enable users to transform spaces to fit varying short-term needs. The house will adapt and respond to lifestyle and environmental changes while providing for the demands of modern life. TECHSTYLE HAUS will be designed with attention to the landscape and the community around it, with opportunity for modular combination into multi-unit complexes and neighborhoods. 

An ariel view of the house and its surrounding landscape
An ariel view of the house and its surrounding landscape

READY TO LAUNCH. By incorporating modern technologies into architectural framework, we will create an innovative and aesthetically pleasing home out of textiles. TECHSTYLE HAUS will be a beautiful, affordable, lightweight, easily deployable, super-insulated solar home, which will set a standard for the next generation of residential architecture.

/////////////// OUR TEAM

Providence, RI: Home of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University
Providence, RI: Home of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University
Erfurt, Germany: Home of Fachhochschule Erfurt (FHE)
Erfurt, Germany: Home of Fachhochschule Erfurt (FHE)

OVER 200 STUDENTS FROM THREE SCHOOLS. We are an international team of students from three distinctly different universities: Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt (FHE). Each school is a global leader in its respective field: Brown brings expertise in engineering, environmental science, and urban studies; RISD is world renowned for their Art and Design disciplines, and FHE specializes in Passivhaus systems and design. Multiple courses, workshops, and student committees dedicated to TECHSTYLE HAUS have been implemented at each university. These shared efforts involve over 200 students and faculty from many different divisions including: Architecture, Engineering, Landscape, Interior Design, Furniture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Environmental Studies. Several design workshops that have taken place over the past year have proven the success of this inter-institutional partnership.

Architecture team members hard at work
Architecture team members hard at work

/////////////// THE REWARDS

$10 - You're now an official backer. We'll send you an official TECHSTYLE HAUS button as well as a thank you note signed by the team. Thanks for helping us toward our goal!

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$25 - Everyone looks good in pink. We'll send you a TECHSTYLE HAUS T-shirt (the same kind our team will wear at the competition), plus the button and signed thank you card.

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$50 - Solar power for the masses. We'll send you a handmade Sun Jar -- a light-filled jar that charges in the day and glows at night. Plus, you get everything above.

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$100 - If only everyone was as kind as you. We'll send you a printed copy of a final rendering of TECHSTYLE HAUS, plus everything above.

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$100 (limited to first 10 backers) - You're very special. We want to put a picture of you in all of the official renderings of the project. Your picture will be seen in press materials, at the competition, and wherever else we can post it, and we'll send you a copy signed by the team. Plus, you'll receive everything above.

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$250 - Thanks just isn't enough, so we'll invite you to dinner. Join us for the opening party at Brown University in September, and stay for the special donors only reception afterwards. Plus you get everything above (except for the limited "PICTURE OF YOU IN THE RENDERINGS" reward).

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$500 - You just made our day. We'll send you a scale model of TECHSTYLE HAUS in all of its glory, plus everything above (except for the limited "YOU IN THE RENDERING" reward).

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$1000 - Wow, you're amazing. As thanks, we'll give you a VIP tour of the site and house at the competition in Versailles, plus everything from all of the other rewards (including the limited "YOU IN THE RENDERING" reward). Airfare not included.

/////////////// THANK YOU / DANKE SCHÖN!

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Funding TECHSTYLE HAUS will be exceedingly difficult, and this campaign is one of many ways we plan to gather sponsorship. Our team has previous Solar Decathlon experience under our belt and world-class faculty advisors to ensure this project makes it to competition. Every dollar counts!

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    TECHSTYLE HAUS TEAM BUTTON & THANK YOU CARD FROM THE TEAM. Thank you! Every dollar counts.

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    TECHSTYLE HAUS TEAM T-SHIRT ///////////////// + all the rewards above. A limited edition T-shirt -- the same kind worn by the team at the competition!

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    SOLAR POWERED SUN JAR ///////////////// + all the rewards above. Capture sunlight in a jar! Charge it up in the sun, and let it glow at night.

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    RENDERING OF TECHSTYLE HAUS ///////////////// + all the rewards above. From our studio to you, a printed rendering of the house as it will look at the Chateau de Versailles!

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    A PICTURE OF YOU IN THE RENDERINGS ///////////////// + all the rewards above. Send us a picture of yourself and we'll put you in the official renderings of the house, and send you a printed copy signed by the team!

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    LAUNCH PARTY INVITATION /////////////// + all the rewards above**. Join us us at our official launch party in Providence, RI in September 2013. **Does not include limited "Picture of You in the Renderings" Reward.

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    MODEL OF TECHSTYLE HAUS /////////////// + all the rewards above**. A physical keepsake of the house you helped build! **Does not include limited "Picture of You in the Renderings" Reward.

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    VIP TOUR ON LOCATION ///////////////// + all the rewards above. Meet us in Versailles during the competition and we'll give you a personal tour of the finished product! Airfare not included.

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