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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Netherlands: HU University of Applied Science Utrecht

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HU University of Applied Science Utrecht from the Netherlands wants to respectfully challenge the current construction industry by introducing Selficient at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. Based on the principles of the circular economy, Selficient uses a modular frame connected in such a way that the pieces can be adjusted to meet the changing needs of the residents, and even taken apart and easily rebuilt in a different place or shape. This allows the house to be removed and placed somewhere else without material waste.

Design Philosophy

Team Netherlands is inspired by the circular economy, which seeks to emulate the cycles of the natural world where energy comes from the sun and wastes are recycled into new resources. Our current linear approach uses resources to make products that are disposed of as waste and not recycled. In contrast, a circular economy requires non-compostable products to be designed so that the materials used to make them can be reused at the end of its use. The team’s design is also based on a strong belief that people of all financial means should be able to live in a sustainable home.


    Planned Features and Technologies

    • A two-dimensional modular construction, consisting of standardized wall, floor, and roof elements that are connected to a frame with releasable connections
    • Standard measurements that create a grid to allow for easy home customization
    • Smart panels that can be reused multiple times and manufactured affordably
    • A greenhouse that regulates interior temperatures.


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    Martijn Rietbergen