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Do you want to see your plans in action & get your hands dirty? Then joining Team VIRTU/e might be something for you! Within our multi-disciplinary student team you will get to chance to work in close connection with industry & experts to create the next house of the future!

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As part of the Solar Decathlon Competition, your ultimate goal is to Design, Build and Operate an efficient and liveable, solar power, innovative house. But what does it mean exactly?


1. Design

The design stage will be the longest of the project as designing is about creating a solution for a given problem. What exactly the problem is will be yours to define at the beginning of the project through extensive research about the current Building Industry, about the current innovations and state-of-the-art techniques, about the challenges society is facing today. You can imagine it will involve topic such as resources utilisation, affordability, energy generation and production, inclusivity, construction methods or economical viability. Of course, all those solutions will have to come together in an integrated and aesthetically pleasing architectural and urban design.

2. Build

You will have to build a 1:1 Demonstration Unit of your design. This will be a representative section of your design which will enable you to showcase all your technical, social, and economical solution to the Jury and to the Public during the Competition Phase

3. operate

The Demonstration Unit you will built is not only for show-off it also has to function. So during the Competition Phase you will operate all the systems, appliances and control the comfort.


The Partner Manager works mainly with outside parties. She/he is responsible for the contact with partners from previous teams but also of the acquisition of new partners that suit the needs of the new project. She/He arranges sponsorship with partners for counselling, events, material and much more.

The Partner Manager needs to be professional, reliable, responsive, and strict.

By being Partner Manager, you will develop your network within the Built Environment and beyond. You will also develop your acquisition skills.

The graphic designer is a creative professional who communicates messages visually. She/He is mainly responsible for visual communication, design creation and maintaining brand identity. She/He also needs to make sure that all graphic content is not only aesthetic, but also representative of the team and its values.

The graphic designer needs to be creative, skilled at designing, communicative, attentive to detail and mainly passionate!

The Electrical Engineer is responsible for the energy generation, storage and management in the Building Design and in the Demonstration Unit. This will come from an energy concept; is the building independent from the grid, uses smart grid interaction or is energy positive? To define the concept the Electrical Engineer needs to have a good understanding of domestic energy circuit, of energy consumption load and pattern and of wider electrical grid with its challenges.

The Electrical Engineer need to be curious about new infrastructure, be ambitious about finding the best solutions which combines innovation, performance, feasibility, and affordability.



The Architect has to design but mainly has to integrate various disciplines. For doing so she/he needs a deep understanding of the challenges faced by all other fields. This comes with curiosity, open-mindedness, and research. The architect needs to become an expert in sustainable building methods and passive design.

By being Architect, you will gain in depth knowledge about the design process and integral design. You will gain collaborate skills. You will be able to build the product of your imagination.

The role of the structural designer is to create a structural system which at least accommodate the program, is affordable, minimise the environmental impact and is demountable. The team’s specific challenges will bring additional requirements such as low weight or modular or scalable. This will be defined by the Structural Designer in collaboration with the other Designers, to do so innovative technique, material and processes will be needed. Eventually, she/he will design, dimension, detail and calculate the structure to certification standards.

Structural Designer will have to be proactive in research, curious about other fields and open minded. She/he will also have to work closely with other designers.

By being Structural Designer, you will develop a broader knowledge about innovative techniques and your collaboration skills.

The role of the Urban Designer is twofold; ensure the integration of the building design in the context through the design of a future-proof urban streetscape and create a mobility plan for the area. She/he will work closely with the Architects for the integration of the design but also with Electrical Engineer for powering the urban mobility network and with the social and economical sustainability expert to create a human centred and viable mobility network.

The Urban Designer needs to have good analytic skills and be creative. Some graphism and representation skills will be needed to convey best the message.

By being Urban Designer, you get to work on a holistic design approach involving a wide range of disciplines.

The System Engineer is responsible for ensuring the functioning of the house. While this requires some active systems, passive systems will be the best way to achieve your goals while minimising the energy demand. She/he will have to collaborate closely with the Architect to develop the volume and shape of the design. This will be possible through research about passive system and definition of the goals to reach.

The System Engineer needs to have an understanding domestic heating and cooling systems, be able to make calculations and simulations to have a fact-based decisions process.

By being System Engineer, you will develop a deep understanding of the challenges and solutions regarding domestic systems. You will get the opportunity to try out new system and test them in a 1-1 set up, namely the demonstration unit.

The Economic Sustainability Expert has to take care of the financial feasibility of the design. This means defining a business plan, a target group, and a financing plan. She/he is really important in defining the challenges and goal of the design. This will be possible with knowledge about the construction market, and with a strict focus on affordability, and circular economy.

The Economic Sustainability expert needs to be open-minded and collaborative. She/he needs to be able to contact partners to seek for knowledge and confront idea.

The Social Sustainability expert is responsible for broadening the impact of a building competition. She/he is needs to make sure that the solution designed by other designers are in line with solving a societal problem. This is done by keeping the user in mind at all time and working in close collaboration with the other Designers and Experts

The Social Sustainability expert needs to be open-minded and collaborative. She/he needs to have an understanding of user behaviour, social theory and human centred design.


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