The Air House is an energy-sufficient experimental house, designed and built by a team of CTU students for the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. The competition's finals were held between 3rd and 13th October 2013 in Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California. The jury was very enthusiastic about the Air House and it won the 3rd overall place in the competition. Apart from the overall standings, it also won first place in Architecture and Energy Balance, second place in Engineering and third place in Market Appeal, Comfort Zone and Hot Water categories. After its return from the US, the Air House will be installed in Dejvice CTU campus and in the future in the UCEEB's facility in Buštěhrad, where it will be used for research.
Twenty university teams from around the world designed houses whose only source of energy is the Sun. From being accepted into the competition, the students had two years to design, build, test, disassemble and transport the house to the competition venue and then rebuild it in 9 days.
The Air House team included students from across the University. UCEEB's staff taking part in the project included Jakub Dolejš, Petr Hájek, Pavel Nechanický, Kateřina Sojková, Martin Volf, Ondřej Surý, and Antonín Lupíšek.
The house's footprint is approximately 13 × 13 m, it has a net floor area of 55 sq. m, a large covered terrace and is made entirely of wood. "The house was designed as a second home for environmentally-aware and economically-active people and can be used as a permanent home after they retire. The inspiration behind it is the Czech tradition of summer/weekend houses," said the authors, who are hoping that a company might come into the project and start producing the house commercially in the future. The Air House uses only solar energy to power all of its appliances and ensure optimum interior climate. The concept is based on the principle of 'house within a house', where the first perimeter structure from the inside is made of chipboard panels with wood fibre thermal insulation and the second is a set of wooden beams, which minimise the thermal load and carry photovoltaic panels to produce electrical energy and solar collectors to make hot water. http://www.airhouse.cz