Deadline: registration closes on March 1, 2017; submission deadline is on March 15, 2017 | Register here
Eligibility: Open to all students independent of their formation – architectural, engineering or other disciplines – learning in the academic year 2016-2017 or in teams of up to 2 members per team
Prizes: 1st prize EUR 1,500,-
2nd prize EUR 1,000,-
3rd prize EUR 750,-
Location: Online; Madrid, Spain

International ISOVER multi-comfort students contest 2017

The objective of the competition is to integrate a creative approach to the concept of energy-efficient construction at the passive-house level. Therefore, clinic the task is to design or renovate a building according to the ISOVER multi-comfort house definition, which means that high thermal performance, acoustic comfort classes and fire protection requirements have to be considered.

In recent years the ISOVER contest for architecture students developed from a regional event to an international forum for students and professors.

The competition has become very popular because it gives the participants the opportunity to meet, discuss, and compare their work with international colleagues. The growing interest in the ISOVER Students Contest provides us with the opportunity and the privilege to welcome new participating countries and universities each year.

Urban Regeneration of a community in Madrid

As the world is becoming increasingly urban and cities are becoming larger and more densely populated thus increasing our energy consumption as well as the CO2 emission actions are required.

Overall, the building sector is responsible for 40% of the total energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the world demanding a new way of designing each new project and each new renovation.

A substantial share of the stock in Europe is older than 50 years with many buildings in use today that are more than 100 years old. More than 40% of our residential buildings have been constructed before the 1960s when energy building regulations were very limited.

Reacting to this situation, treatment more and more local authorities from all over the world are putting in place programs and actions for the rehabilitation of this construction focusing on improving the comfort of the inhabitants as well as the energy performance of these buildings.

It is also the case of Madrid authorities that have launched a new program: MAD-RE: MADRID RECOVER.

The task for 13th International Edition of Multi-Comfort House Students Contest developed by ISOVER in close collaboration with Department of Architecture of Municipality of Madrid is the Urban Regeneration of a community within the perimeter of Gran San Blas area of Madrid.

The participants will have to create a sustainable architecture integrated into the urban space while responding to MAD-RE and Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort Criteria and taking into account the climatic conditions and regional context of Madrid.

Beside constructional, the social and economic aspects also have to be considered and respected and the proposed solution should give a new impulse in the existing urban area.

The architecture has to fit in the surrounding of the site. Urban space solutions for the immediate surroundings of the site will be proposed. The overall scope of the task is to have a constructive approach to renovation and to get actively involved in giving shape to the future renovation of European cities.

The multi-comfort house students contest is a 2-step competition:

The first step is the National Stages or Online Entry Stage for the students from countries non-organizing local contest. The winning teams of the National Stages, as well as the winning team of the Online Entry Stage, will be invited to attend the International Stage in June 2017, in Madrid, Spain.

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