E-Cube: ‘Do it yourself’ Solar House from Belgium

One of the most anticipated and closely observed project at the Solar Decathlon 2011 conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy is the “DIY” kit for sustainable living from Belgium. E-Cube is an energy and cost sustainable solar house that was designed by a team of students from the University of Ghent. What distinguishes this project

One of the most anticipated and closely observed project at the Solar Decathlon 2011 conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy is the “DIY” kit for sustainable living from Belgium.

E-Cube is an energy and cost sustainable solar house that was designed by a team of students from the University of Ghent.

What distinguishes this project from others is not only compliance with the set goal of zero energy consumption, but also focus on the affordability of prices for end users. Specifically, E-Cube is modular, prefabricated building system that is sustainable and energy-efficient housing closer to the masses.

The five main elements of the E-Cube project:

1.   Prefabricated system that encourages people to build their own house, without the need for special skills or tools;

2.   Compliance with standards for passive houses, which allows heating by using photovoltaic panels without a
conventional heating system;

3.   Flexibility about upgrading and adding components so that the house could be built in phases depending on financial possibilities and needs of the owner;

4.   Integrated electrical installations by the owner can be extended without the need for additional help or knowledge;

5.   Application of modular, standardized components in order to further simplify the production, delivery and
installation.

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