Competing Teams

The teams led by universities will engage students nationally and internationally to develop the skills and knowledge to become the next generation of energy experts.

Competing Teams

Team UOW


  • University of Wollongong-Australia
  • University of Wollongong-UAE
  • Tafe Illawarra


  • Manager: Prof. Tim McCarthy
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Through practical collaboration between students and industry, Team UOW in the Solar Decathlon 2018endeavor to change the way the world views sustainable housing by building a home that is architecturallyinspiring, affordable and adaptive to a person's needs as they continue to age, creating a house for life. Team UOW Australia-Dubai is committed to addressing the demands of our changing society by creating ‘AHouse for Life’. 

Team UOW goals are:
  • Build a house that is architecturally inspiring, affordable and adaptive for a sustainable future
  • Understand and publicize the changing needs of the aging population through innovative ideas on design and construction
  • Inspire and encourage the adoption of sustainable design and building technologies to the local and national construction industries
  • Enhance the student learning experience
  • To reinforce the Team UOW identity as world class learning and research institutions

The team’s project Desert Roseis designed using a human centered design approach combining sustainable eco-friendly solutions with ageing in place and livability principles. Climatic and cultural considerations have shaped the design resulting in a second skin wall to reduce the solar heat gains, provide protection from sandstorms and deliver an inspiring architectural feature. Southern windows have been minimized and replaced with northern clerestory windows that allow light to penetrate deep within the home. Privacy has been maintained by removing street facing windows and providing an internal courtyard with a stunning green wall. The floorplan has been carefully designed to provide line-of-sight to important elements in the home supporting occupants living with aged related disabilities such as dementia to navigate and perform daily tasks. Interior colors, appliances and building controls have been carefully selected to further assist and support the occupants as they age.

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