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Campus News : March 2013
tudents from UOW and TAFE Illawarra Institute are hoping the Illawa Flame, a net-zero energy, solar-powered house designed by the group, will burn off the competition at the Solar Decathlon China event in August. The students, known as Team UOW Australia, are the first Australians ever to be selected for the Solar Decathlon, the world's most prestigious interdisciplinary stu led green building research and innovation competition. The Decathlon, held in Datong, China, challenges teams to design, build and operate an advanced and appealing solar-powered house that is not only energy efficient but also cost effective to build. Team UOW's entry is unique. Rather than designing and building a new home, the students are the first team to demonstrate the retrofitting of an existing home. Project Manager Lloyd Niccol said that Illawarra Flame provides an example of how the Australian housing sector can address issues of environmental degradation and growing electricity costs through the application of innovative technologies and creative thinking. "Since only 1-2 per cent of Australia's housing stock is replaced each year, improving the performance of our existing buildings provides the greatest potential for immediate environmental improvement," he said. The retrofitting concept will see the team demonstrate the transformation of an old Aussie 'fibro' house to a sustainable, net-zero energy home for the future. "We are looking into how we can adapt our houses with new and existing technologies, such as photovoltaic thermal systems and water filtration systems, to provide the housing sector with examples of how we can future-fit our houses for a more environmentally conscious future," Mr Niccol said. TEAM UOW CARRIES AUST FLAME Eleven members of Team UOW recently attended the China International Solar Energy Summit and the SD China 2013 Design Development and Review Workshop in Datong. Mr Niccol said it was exciting to see where the team's house will be built and that the site where the decathlon will take place is bigger than the Beijing Olympic Park. "The design review workshops were valuable as we can now refine our plans and begin construction soon," he said. Team UOW has begun construction of the Illawarra Flame at the TAFE Illawarra campus. It will be on public display at the Innovation Campus for a week from 22 April. The house will then be packed up and shipped to Datong in June. The students will then reassemble the house over a 10-day period, ready to compete against leading university teams from around the world in front of many thousands of visitors. The Solar Decathlon China 2013 will be hosted by the Chinese National Energy Administration and the US Department of Energy. The competition is organised by Peking University and supported by private companies. To track Team UOW's progress and for further information visit the Illawarra Flame at the team's website illawarraflame.com.au JB GRANGE JOINS ANU ice-Principal (Administration) Chris Grange is leaving the University of Wollongong in April to take up the position of Executive Director (Administration and Planning) at the Australian National University in Canberra. Mr Grange has held the position of Vice-Principal (Administration) for the past eight years after previous appointments in both Financial Services and Human Resources spanning a total of 25 years. Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings paid tribute to Mr Grange's contribution to UOW over a quarter of a century. "During his career at UOW, Chris has been one of the driving forces in establishing our global reputation and has championed many major projects," Professor Wellings said. "In addition, he has been responsible for many of our standards, especially around the University's governance and management structure." Mr Grange played a leading role in the development of the Innovation Campus and the SMART Infrastructure Facility, among many major projects at UOW. Mr Grange's predecessor David Rome has agreed to fill the position in an interim capacity while an international search for for a permanent replacement is undertaken. NHVice- V S 8 CONNECT: UOW MARCH 2013 Chris Grange CONNECT: NEWS Pictured with the Team UOW Australia members for the 2013 Solar decathlon event in China are (from, from left) Sustainable Buildings Research Centre head Professor Paul Cooper, Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings. An artist's impression of the Illawarra Flame house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon event in China. Illawarra arra dent- ti G CH GE GLOBAL SOLAR CHALLENGE