According to the event’s press release, the aim of the Solar Decathlon international construction innovation competition, which was held for the first time in 20 years, is to enable university research teams to work with industrial partners and sponsors to design and construct energy-efficient buildings and model homes.
The team is the only one representing Hungary at the event in Wuppertal in June with a house designed and prefabricated by its students. The Pécs students have designed a building for young graduates staying in the city, with a green area on its northern façade to absorb pollutants and a solar space on the southern side to harness solar energy. The house will be ecologically energy-plus, meaning it will have negative emissions. The team’s aim is that this should not only apply to the operation of the building, but to its entire lifecycle, which includes construction.
László György, Secretary of State for Economic Strategy and Regulation at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, said the development fits in with the Hungarian government’s goal of building a liveable Hungary, which will one day result in Hungary being one of the five most liveable countries in Europe.
According to György, Hungarian families need to create a liveable environment including residential properties, community spaces and living spaces designed and built by Hungarians using innovative Hungarian materials.
The state secretary said that the university had a budget of HUF 18 billion in 2021 and will have HUF 41.6 billion in 2022 as the result of the biggest university development currently taking place in Hungary. He added that the University of Pécs will receive nearly HUF 100 billion in the coming years.