One of the case studies for dealing with renewable energy in Romania is EfdeN, the contribution to Solar Decathlon 2015. Before it, Prispa, inspired from Romanian peasant housing, won numerous prizes. EfdeN is however, designed for dense urban environment. At Museum Night 2017 on the 20th of May the house can be visited.
Maria Bostenaru 2016 / CC BY
An interdisciplinary team from several
universities in Bucharest represented Romania in 2014 at Solar Decathlon in
France. The topic of the year was to build a house for a dense siedlung,
respecting the principles of the passive house. The Romanian solution was
EfdeN, which was rebuilt in the courtyard of the Faculty of installations as First
Center of Research for Comfort Conditions. Partner universities were:
Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism
University of Constructions Bucharest (civil constructions, installations,
engineering in foreign languages)
It was supported also by the Ministry of Education
the second participation to Solar Decathlon after a previous one with the
project called Prispa which built on a rural housing type inspired from the
intermediary space in peasant architecture. That house was afterwards sold
privately. The next challenge will be to participate to Solar Decathlon Dubai.
Visual quality regarding architecture is one of
the items to be judged.The best points in the contest were obtained for architecture
(120 from 120). The solution overcomes the uniformity which solar Siedlungen
might have with their cardinal points orientation. 120 points were also in
electrical energy balance, comfort and function, through monitoring.
Environmental issues are also part of the
judgement (emissions, heat, water, comfort). Actually the comfort is what the
research centre in this house is dealing with.
Waste was part of the energy concept. Energy
recovery from waste
Costs are moderate for such an innovative building.
Cost/m² : 1 342 €/m²
Cost/Dwelling : 174 483 €/Dwelling
For a new house it is innovation in Romania, as
usually new individual houses in Romania are private buildings and not thought
for participation of inhabitants different of the investor as in Western
The project obtained 80 points out of 120 in
social conscience and communication. Urban transport and accessibility were
also 80 points along with innovation and civil engineering and energy
efficiency. Sustainability had 100 points.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.