We are used to Romanians winning plenty of awards in sports and at the Olympiads, but did you know there are also competitions for charities? This year a Romanian charity has won several awards at the Solar Decathlon competition.
The competition requires charities to design and build an intelligent, solar and friendly house that would be adaptable to the climate of Middle East. The houses were evaluated in terms of architecture, engineering, construction, communication, sustainability, energetic efficiency and innovation.
EFdeN is a Romanian charity which develops solar homes with educational and research purpose. The volunteers have worked hard for 2 years for the competition and they ranked the 4th amongst all countries. The volunteers have created a solar house prototype and they have competed with 14 teams. The teams that have reached the finals were from US, Australia, France, Italy, Netherlands and several from Asia. The Romanian team has received the gold medal in the Communication competition and has received two silver medals in the Engineering and Construction competition and also in the Comfort category. The volunteers also won the 3rd place in the sustainability category.
The EFdeN house is an electric house, it has a high degree of comfort and safety. One of the features of the house is that is has a vocal assistant which can activate its systems. The charity has gathered funds from partnerships with over 100 companies and their project is purely educational and created by Romanian students. The youngest member of the team is 19 and the oldest is 31.
source: romania pozitiva