Illawarra Flame under construction


The University of Wollongong is busy working on the Illawarra Flame, its entry in this year’s Solar Decathlon China in August. They are the first Australian team to enter the international competition that sees student teams from around the world competing to design and build energy efficient houses that make more power than they use.

The team is retrofitting an iconic 1950s/60s fibro house, adding technology and design to bring it into an energy efficient future. They want to show industry and the community the possibilities of retrofitting for sustainability.

The design and build is a collaboration between the University of Wollongong, TAFE Illawarra and local industry and support organisations. The project is student-led and includes students from across the university’s faculties including engineering and graphic design.

We wish them luck and will be following the build and the competition in China later this year. They will be displaying the house to the public, fully furnished, in the week beginning the 22 April, 2013 before they ship it to China.