Egyptian Post graduate architecture student Mohamed Elbangy and and Egyptian architect/ professor Marwa Dabaieh have developed the winning concept for the recently concluded ZERU competition on zero energy residential design and housing.
The competition, which seeks to develop a viable concept for an off-grid zero energy residential unit design in Egypt, is the 1st International Architectural Design Competition organised by the Faculty of Engineering at the Ain Shams University in Egypt in collaboration with the University of East London, United Kingdom as well as the Environmental Architecture and Urbanism Research Centre, FoE-ASU, Egypt.
Here’s a description of the winning entry.
The unit is customized to suit wider sector of the Egyptian society by using a commonly used conventional building materials and structure systems in Egypt through redesigning and adjusting them with environmentally friendly materials, passive systems and low tech solutions for achieving high quality indoor environment with the lowest energy consumption for semi-arid climate. The residential unit can produce energy more than it consumes if it is attached to the grid.
Full documentation on the concept behind the design
The design solutions and materials aimed at avoiding any extra cost to achieve sustainable economic feasibility and cost efficiency for the residential unit. The concept is targeting a minimal program approach, so it can be used for larger programs and spaces. The program is based on three bedrooms that occupied by 4 persons.