Project FIRSTlife is the competition project of the Czech Technical University in Prague for the Solar Decathlon Europe 21. It aims at Feasible and Innovative Residences for Student Life. The main motivation of the project is the problem of high prices and overall unavailability of apartments in Prague. This affects the generation of the young people, especially the students very hard. The student dormitories are regularly full, and the offer does not cover the demand. These circumstances bring these people to formidable life situations. FIRSTlife aims at development of the new accommodation capacities for the focus group by extension of the existing buildings of dormitories. These buildings were built mostly at the end of 20th century and many of them need retrofit especially towards the decrease of building energy consumption. The benefit of application of FIRSTlife solution will be also in improvement of original building’s performance.
Less than a year to go. Eleven months till final expo of Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22. And this crucial deadline of our FIRSTlife project can be seen on every design update. We are getting closer to provide our vision of modern dormitories in Wuppertal, Germany, a city of the expected ... Read more
We are happy to announce that our project is recognized and supported by major Czech institutions. As was mentioned in the last post, our team is under the patronage of the CTU Rector (president of the university). But that is not all. The hot news is that we are now ... Read more
The Rector (president) of Czech Technical University in Prague checked our progress during his visit to UCEEB. Doc. RNDr. Vojtěch Petráček, CSc. even seen part of the UCEEB facility backyard, where the FIRSTlife House demonstration unit will be built. Rector, during his short speech, highlighted the importance of such student ... Read more
Last Friday, the FIRSTlife team held their first workshop, presenting our vision of 21st-century dormitories to the invited experts. Our guests, experienced in various fields regarding architecture, civil engineering, sustainable design or urbanism, gave us valuable constructive criticism. It wasn't always easy to hear it, but this feedback is essential ... Read more
We wanted building site number 8 and we got building site number 8. At Solar Campus lot selection, Lord Mayor of Wuppertal Uwe Schneidewind picked lot with FIRSTlife name soon enough, so we could call dibs on the exact spot we wanted for our house demonstration unit! Close to the ... Read more
Wuppertal, here we go again! This sums up the current mood of the FIRSTlife team. Our group, composed of both students and staff of Czech Technical University in Prague, is competing in Solar Decathlon Europe 2021, one of the main events dealing with sustainable, energy-efficient, and socially responsible development. And ... Read more