AIR House made finals of the Building of the Year 2015

    15/10/2015 – The AIR House made finals of the 23rd year of a prestigious national architectural competition Building of the Year. As one of fifteen finalists, the present seat of the CTU Information Center in Dejvice is competing for the BUILDING OF THE YEAR 2015 award that will be granted by an expert jury. A Public Award will be decided by a public internet vote. All nominations were solemnly awarded during a nomination night on…

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Ecological Oscar in the Youth category goes to AIR House

    10/10/2014 - On Monday, 6 October 2014, for the sixth year running, ecological Oscars were presented by an international jury of experts at the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague. The AIR House, the energy self-sufficient house of the Czech Technical University (CTU) team, became the winner of the Youth category. The AIR House was designed and built by students for the Solar Decathlon competition. It is now nearing completion in the Prague district…

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AIR House to become the Information Centre of the CTU

25/09/2014 - What is the best place to showcase a successful student project if it is to inspire and raise awareness of solar and sustainable architecture? The AIR House will serve as the Information Centre of the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague! Thanks to the support of Petr Konvalinka, the Rector of the CTU, the AIR House will be standing right in the middle of the University campus in the Prague district of Dejvice. This time last year, the Czech…

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AIR House at the Science Fair

13/09/2014 - On Wednesday, 10 September 2014, the Vítězné Square in Prague hosted the Science Fair organised by VĚDA NÁS BAVÍ o.p.s. in collaboration with the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Science as well as other schools and institutions. Our Solar Decathlon project was chosen to represent the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech…

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AIR House ve hře o ekologického oskara

  09/07/2014 - AIR House je jedním ze tří finalistů E.ON Energy Globe Award ČR 2014 v kategorii Mládež. Projekty nominované na „ekologického oskara“, jak je soutěž zaměřená na úsporu energií a zlepšení kvality životního prostředí nazývána, byly představeny 8. července v Národní technické knihovně v Praze. Soutěž založil v roce 1999 rakouský enviromantalista Wolfgang Neumann. V současné době se koná ve 161 zemích světa. Vítězem Energy Globe World…

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Vize versus technické možnosti

18/03/2014 - Srdečně zveme na zítřejší konferenci ČK LOP, kde se svým příspěvkem vystoupí Martin Čeněk a Dalibor Hlaváček. ČK LOP není jazykolam, ale zkratka pro Českou komoru lehkých obvodových plášťů, sdružení, ve kterém se od roku 2007 angažují významné firmy z řad výrobců a dodavatelů prosklených plášťů. Patří mezi ně i sponzoři AIR House Schüco CZ s.r.o. a SIPRAL a.s. Cílem ČK LOP je podpora kvality výrobků a odborné úrovně dodavatelů, problematika norem,…

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AIR House na Salonu dřevostaveb

29/01/2014 - Staví se v Čechách zajímavé dřevostavby? Na to letos již podeváté odpoví Salon dřevostaveb. Společně s reprezentanty současné české dřevěné architektury za roky 2012/2013 budeme i my vystavovat AIR House a v pátek 7. února od 15.00 hod projekt představíme v Mozaice dřevostaveb. Salon, jako hlavní doprovodný program veletrhu Dřevostavby 2014, se koná ve dnech 6. – 9. února 2014  v auditoriu střední haly Výstaviště Holešovice.…

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Fund (friend) raising for the AIR House

          10/01/2014 - AIR House financing was a huge challenge and kept us busy throughout the entire project. The finance acquisition plan was also part of the Solar Decathlon application. Right at the beginning we decided not to hire a specialized fundraising company, we decided to try and deal with this, to us architects, new activity on our own. We addressed a specialist training non-profit…

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AIR House - Carpentry for Beginners

18/12/2013 - Big thanks go to our main partner Dřevostavby Biskup s.r.o. Most likely, we would not be able to build the AIR House without them. Our cooperation with Dřevostavby Biskup began more than a year ago. Martin Čeněk, the lead architect of our team, recommended the company as superb Czech supplier, willing to work on difficult projects, and the tip proved its worth! During the year, we consulted individual phases of the project with…

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Solar Energy as a Common Standard

02/12/2013 - Thanks series to our main partners starting today! We are glad that Skupina ČEZ was among them and its financial support enabled the realization of the AIR House. Our victories in the competition are therefore its success also. Using solar energy is one of the cleanest and most environmentally friendly ways of producing electricity. The Sun is and always will be a plentiful natural energy source. Energy balance is one of the Solar…

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Konference 1 Dům = 1 Tým, 3.12.2013 na FA ČVUT

27/11/2013 - Srdečně zveme na studentskou konferenci, která se bude konat v úterý 3.12.2013 na Fakultě architektury ČVUT, Thákurova 9, Praha 6, Dejvice v konferenční místnost 112, 113 se vstupem z jižního atria. Oficiální název zní: Udržitelné zdroje energie jako integrální součást návrhu domu – týmová spolupráce pod vedením architekta, stručněji: 1 Dům = 1 Tým. Konferenci jsme koncipovali jako detailní zprávu o průběhu soutěže, návrhu našeho soutěžního domu a…

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We are packing to go back home

20/10/2013 - We celebrated our victory with champagne on Saturday October 12 and started disassembling the AIR House on Sunday October 13. At 7 p.m. last visitors left the solar village and an hour later you could not walk through it without wearing a helmet and work boots. The organizers keep a tight schedule, the teams have 5 days to disassemble and move their contest houses out of the premises. The deadline is probably a…

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We`ve made it to the 3rd place!

13/10/2013 -  Yesterday, winners of the international Solar Decathlon 2013 contest were announced. We have received 3rd place in the overall contest. With our 1st place in Architecture and Energy Balance, 2nd place in Engineering, and 3rd place in Market Appeal, Comfort Zone and Hot Water, we confirmed, that an integral design is the path to take. The solar decathlon, as well as the athletic one, shows the contestants’ universality. It is…

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Team Czech Republic with the trophy for the 1st prize in Architecture

1st place in Architecture Contest!

11/10/2013 - Our race with the Sun is getting closer to the finish.  Today, we took 1st place in Architecture Contest. We are extremely happy! The final decision about the overall winner will be made on Saturday 10 a.m., Pacific. Through the weekend, AIR House had over four thousand visitors. Since Monday expert juries were surveying the competition houses to judge five contests out of ten: Architecture, Engineering, Affordability, Market Appeal, and…

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View on southern facade with horizontal shading lamellas. In front of AIR House there are blue white signange panels with piktograms and schemes of AIR House.

So This is AIR House....

  08/10/2013 - Let‘s meet AIR House as we’ve built it in California! After all, we can present it completed, cleaned up, ready to move in. Such as we didn't manage it before our departure to U.S. The Second Skin gives the house its simple cubic shape. The wooden structure adds an architectural detail, visible as you approach the house. There still few things that Martin's Cenek camera couldn't catch. The…

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Visitors waiting to tour AIR House

Village for 20 Solar Houses

07/10/2013 - Four days have already passed since the solar village at Orange County Great Park officially opened to the public. Feels like ages...... Time is running fast in the competition. Two weeks ago, a former air base runway used to be where the solar village is standing now. On Monday September 23rd, trailer tractors began to bring building equipment, cranes and forklifts parked alongside the building sites. For a few days the cranes…

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Smiling Lucie Zemenová in the AIR House.

Welcome to the AIR House laboratory!

05/10/2013 - Another busy day at Orange County Great Park. Santa Ana winds still proof solar village homes, but all teams started early in the morning to perform competition tasks as usual. Lucie and Bara our appliances contest specialists are in charge of that. In the morning, they pick up 6kg of towels to wash and dry them. The towels must have the same weight before and after laundering. For the first time we did the cooking contest: vaporize 2,3…

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Lucie Kirovová and Kateřina Sojková are holding czech flag while seated on the shoulders of Dalibor Hlaváček and Zdenek Zavrel.

Starting Today, We are Racing the Sun!

  03/10/2013 -  Two years of our hard work reached the grand finale. Today, at 11:00 am, the representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, the City of Irvine and the major sponsors cut the ribbon of the Solar Village. Starting today, the Solar Village is not only officially open to visitors, but also the competition begins! You can check out the scores of the Team Czech Republic and other 18 collegiate teams over…

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AIR House wiring, electric cables

Tricky electricity

30/09/2013 - The oficial media team of Solar Decathlon works on a coverage about the competition. Stories are essential. The wiring  was chosen as a main theme for us. How did they know that this will be our biggest challenge.... From the American point of view, our electrical set is very complicated; we probably have the largest switchboard in the solar village. It was important that our design made sense to the organizers. They had to…

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glue laminated beams are laying next to the souther facade. A group of team members are standind along and talking together. the evening sun is low on the horizont and is shining on the beams. The picture is took in contralight so there is dramatic atmosphere.

Good News

  27/09/2013 - Our team is finally complete, including the dean of the Faculty of Architecture Zdeněk Zavřel and his wife Margreet, who accompanied us yesterday. Interest in the AIR House and enthusiasm, with which our administration supports us, drive the entire team amazingly. The Zavřels did not come to California for a vacation. They traveled to the building site at Orange County Great Park directly on arrival; their second…

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sunrise above AIR House. In the background there are silhouettes of mountains lit by a pink and violet morning light. Two people are standing on the horizont.

California, Day 4

26/09/2013 - The fourth assembly day is over. We still love the Orange County Great Park sunrise. During every trip through the solar village, we eye the progress of the other teams. Our assembly has slowed slightly, but we are successfully catching up. When we were planning the transport to California, we were concerned about humidity. Our problem, on the contrary, was desiccation. External cladding of the AIR House is designed as sandwich:…

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sunrise at orange county great park with a silhouettes of cranes and parked cars. The sky has orange and violet colors.

Building under the California Sun

  24/09/2013 - There is no better way to start a solar decathlon than with sunrise! And finish the day’s work after sunset, when the only available light is the light of your torch. First building days of Solar Decathlon 2013 in Orange County Great Park are over. All 19 teams began their race with time. All the buildings must be finished by October 3rd, when the solar village opens to the public. For our team, it is a great…

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Team CTU with a czech flag standing in fron of hangar in Orange County Great Park on the day of registration

The Competititon Started

  23/09/2013 - The assembly in the Orange County Great Park just begin. 60km from Los Angeles, and 9 558 km from Prague, where we first built the AIR House. The contest itself and the public tours starts on Thursday October 3rd. Until then, we have 9 days to finish the AIR House and put it into operation. It will be dramatic. Sunday September 22nd Solar Decathlon 2013 was opened by Richard King, the president of the U.S. Department of…

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The crane lifts the packed technology module, Pavel Nechanicky stands on the top of the modul

How to pack a house?

22/08/2013 - AIR House fitted into seven shipping containers. We packed the home, technologies, tools necessary for the assembly in the USA, appliances with which we will equip the house for the public exhibit. Transport is provided by BDP-Wakestone s.r.o., in containers 40 feet (12.2 m) long. We use four standard containers, one Hardtop High Cube, one Open Top with an openable roof for larger objects, and one Open Top container with…

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Loading of the shipping container in front of the Faculty of Architecture in Prague

AIR House en route

14/08/2013 - The AIR House is not designed as a typical mobile house. Easy transportability is part of the concept and mobility arises from the principle of the competition our team participates in. We dare to predict that during the next six months the AIR House will cover more ground than a standard mobile home during its entire life. Throughout its trip from Prague to California, apart from air transport, it will use all types of transportation – road…

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Instalation of photovoltaic panels on the AIR House pergola.

We are working our tails off

31/07/2013 - There was still a lot of work awaiting us in the days following the opening of the AIR House. First, we had to finish the interior, the exterior ramps and the root plant. The entire wiring system, regulation and measuring systems, engaging the switchboard, without whose testing the technical box cannot be shipped to USA, were a chapter of their own. A big enforcement for the electrician team Michal and Marek, was Lucka Zemenová, originally an…

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Studio 6 Czech Television, the presenter introduces the live broadcasting from the AIR House

News about the AIR House runs through the media

27/07/2013 - Media reactions to the opening of our competition house are wonderfull. The biggest success is the live broadcast of Studio 6 ČT, aired the day of the opening of the AIR House, directly from the building site. During the nine-minute live broadcast, in front of the camera appeared not only Dalibor Hlaváček, Martin Čeněk and Katka Sojková, who were talking to the reporter, but also our helpers from Metrostav and other team members preparing the house…

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The space in front of the Faculty of Architecture full of people, hosting the opening ceremony

The AIR House opening ceremony

18/07/2013 - We introduced our competition house to the public on Wednesday July17th. The schedule of the day was packed. At 7:30 the crew of Česká televize (Czech TV) arrived at the building site to prepare coverage for the news. In an hour, the space in front of the Faculty changed beyond recognition, and at 8:30 we were in live broadcast of Studio 6 ČT. Without difficulty Dalibor Hlaváček, Martin Čeněk and Katka Sojková answered…

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The work on AIR House goes on

08/07/2013 - The sixth construction week crosschecked our equipment for work in heavy rain, and by the end of it, the carcass was finished. We are still learning, we are improving the organization of construction work in order for us to be a synchronized team in California. We began work at a half-empty space in company of tarpaulin-covered wooden components. We hoped they would withstand the heavy rains that were supposed to come to the Czech…

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New building of the Czech Technical University, unloadig of wooden elements of the AIR House canopy

Our first month of construction

20/06/2013 - For almost two years we have been designing, now, the project is entering its final phase and we began to build the house. It has been a month since we first came to the romantic abandoned factory in Mníšek pod Brdy and started to assemble first pieces of the AIR House. Thanks people from Dřevostavby Biskup for the space and the advice that they offer to us! As the construction began, the team is excited, has new energy. We are…

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dean of the Faculty of Architecture Zdenek Zavrel gives a speech during the exhibiton opening ceremony

AIR House – Attention, Construction!

10/06/2013 - On Wednesday, June 5th 2013 we have opened an exhibiton in the National Technical Library. “It is amazing to see, how the students live by the project. At the Faculty of Architecture, we want the students to realize that a sustaineble aproach it is not a matter of fashion, but a secular trend and I greatly respect all, who decided to support the project,” the dean of Faculty of Architecture professor Zdeněk Zavřel thanked all the sponsors. In…

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Dalibor Hlaváček presents the AIR House

AIR House - finalist of the Wooden Building of the Year 2012 competition

01/03/2013 - Our project became a finalist of the Wooden Building of the Year 2012 competition. The announcements took place on February 23 at a Wooden Buildings fair in the Industrial palace in Prague, Holešovice. The competition opinion poll is given annually by the Wood for Life foundation. The winners were chosen in a public vote and by a jury of professionals. Buildings and projects were introduced among the 84 contestants. Finished wooden buildings, built in the…

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Computer generated rendering of the AIR House, night view of the terrace

Visit the AIR House!

  20/02/2013 - Each U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 team produced a computer animated walktrough to present their house design. From the beginning, we were clear about the content - explain our inspiration and concept, be simple and smart. Nobody expected the amount of work we had to do. So we were lucky to be familiar with graphic design software and to meet people from the Faculty of electrical engineering who were so…

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An official document of a patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Supports the AIR House

05/02/2013 - AIR House moves one step closer to California! For our participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 we gained patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Karel Schwarzenberg. „Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg asked me to, in his name, thank you for your letter, in which you introduced the CTU team’s participation in the Solar Decathlon competition.…

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Ing. Jan Žemlička and Dalibor Hlaváček open the lecture The process is the goal

From start to the finish with Jan Žemlička.....

01/02/2013 - Ing. Jan Žemlička is a professional focused on micro environment, PhD. student and lecturer at the same time on Faculty of Architecture CTU and above all adviser of our team and our friend. Jan is the author of the energy concept of the new National Technical Library in Prague. He worked as well for the famous architecture studio Sial and Karel Hubáček who designed Ještěd, a futuristic hotel, awarded the Auguste Perret Prize. Jan's lectures about…

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Aerial view to the atrium of the Faculty of Architecture with a scheme of the AIR House plan, students in teams T Shirt sitting inside the house

AIR House - the first year...

        30/01/2013 - The expected opening party of our exhibition AIR HOUSE - the first year took place in atrium of Faculty of Architecture in Dejvice on  Monday 10th of December 2012. Through this exhibition we had the best opportunity to show all the work done on this project during the whole…

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Team CTU visiting the sompetition house on Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 display

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012

  20/11/2012 - From our autumn journey to Madrid we brought back not only a vast amount of notes, experiences and valuable advices from SD Europe decathleets but also a several hours of shot material. Video presenting European version of international Solar Decathlon competition was made under production of our media team. Veronika interviewed competing team members and together with Max shot Madrid highlights. For the occasion of our…

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Ulrike Passe watches the AIR House presentation

Workshop with Ulrike Passe

20/06/2012 - A bit nervously and impatiently we were looking forward the workshop with Ulrike Passe, faculty advisor of Team Iowa - participant of Solar Decathlon 2009. An optimistic and energetic architect arrived and gave us new power and inspiration in the time when we needed it the most. We discussed natural ventilation (Ulrike specializes on it) and other natural aspects of designing ecological buildings. She told us about "trendy" movement -…

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Students of the CTU Team throw air mattresses into the air

Team Czech Republic first video

01/03/2012 - The very first video expressing the team CTU excitement about our admission to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.   

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