Desert Rose House

Desert Rose House

After being declared winners in the Solar Decathlon China 2013, Team UOW is excited to once again engage in a sustainable design that celebrates human life in all its diversity. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges collegiate teams to design, construct and operate solar powered houses that are sustainable, stylish and innovative.

After being declared winners in the Solar Decathlon China 2013, Team UOW is excited to once again engage in a sustainable design that celebrates human life in all its diversity. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges collegiate teams to design, construct and operate solar powered houses that are sustainable, stylish and innovative. Teams are challenged to utilise different construction materials, such as steel, to demonstrate the future of housing. Due to many parts of the world experiencing an increase in life expectancy and a decreased fertility rate there is a heightened emphasis on the ageing population and their changing needs, which Team UOW aim to address with our house, the Desert Rose.

2016 – 2018 with the competition being held November 2018

A variety of industry sponsors provide both cash and in-kind sponsorship. In addition, foundational support is provided by UOW, UOWD and TAFE NSW. Sponsors include the likes of BlueScope Steel and it’s subsidiaries Orrcon Steel, Lysaght and Enduroframe.

Through practical collaboration between students and industry, Team UOW in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 endeavours to change the way the world views sustainable housing by building a home that is architecturally inspiring, affordable and adaptive to a person’s needs as they continue to age, creating ‘A House For Life’ Our Desert Rose will grow and adapt to the occupants’ needs as they age. It will cater for those with the most active lifestyles and for those with age-related disabilities. It will celebrate life by helping the elderly to live a life of enjoyment in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible. Our endeavour to change the way the world responds to these social demands has drawn in students from every faculty of the University of Wollongong Australia and many from TAFE NSW and the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Our design has incorporated the many needs of the ageing population with that of the culture of the Middle East and the demands of the hot, humid and sandy climate of Dubai. It is through this multidisciplinary approach that these great challenges can be solved. The Desert Rose House is steel intensive, with steel being a material produced locally and with a variety of potential uses. The structural framing uses Enduroframe products, made of cold-formed steel which is pre-manufactured to fit exact specifications and minimise waste. Orrcon Steel provides hot-rolled steel which is used to create framing for the bathroom and laundry pods. Lysaght provides steel for manufacture of the piers, the supports of the house. Team UOW aim to influence the construction industry and promote the use of steel in housing as an effective, efficient and sustainable material for construction. The Solar Decathlon is providing us the stage to inspire building industries across the globe by demonstrating that it is possible to construct houses that are stylish, affordable, comfortable, and sustainable whilst encompassing the changing needs of an ageing population. We need your support in this unique endeavour and are excited about the opportunities we could share with you.

Through practical collaboration between students and industry, Team UOW in the Solar Decathlon 2018 endeavour to change the way the world views sustainable housing by building a home that is architecturally inspiring, affordable and adaptive to a person’s needs as they continue to age, creating “A House For Life”. • The Desert Rose will promote well-being and adapt to the occupants’ needs as they age and cater for those with the most active lifestyle to those with age-related disabilities. • It will celebrate life by helping the elderly to live a life of enjoyment in the comfort of their own home for as long as they choose. • Influence the construction industry to promote use of steel in new buildings as an efficient and sustainable alternative to traditional methods.

University of Wollongong

Status

Ongoing

Principal Lead

Clayton McDowell

Clayton McDowell

Clayton is a PhD student at the University of Wollongong whose studies into the thermal comfort of low-income elderly resident’s homes in the Illawarra has driven his desire to make a change in the future of Australian housing. In 2016 he was instrumental is establishing the new Team UOW and started work on designs for the Desert Rose House. With a background in project management in the mining industry, Clayton has used his skills to guide Team UOW towards the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018.

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