“It’s a serious sacrifice for all those who help with the construction,” third-year Built Environment student at TU/e and communication manager for VIRTUe Marianna Angelini says. “Instead of taking a vacation after this difficult corona year, we’re now working five to six days a week from seven in the morning till five in the afternoon to have the house finished by the end of July.”
The students have a few weeks off between August and the start of the Intro, after which they will add the final details. “The grand opening is set to take place in October, followed by tours of the house.” During the competition in Wuppertal next year, the students will have just two weeks instead of five to set up their house. “This is a good way for everyone to practice,” Angelini says.
However, taking part in the competition is not a goal in itself. “The building and construction sector accounts for high emission levels and is nowhere near as sustainable as it should be. We hope that this house, in the center of the campus, gives passers-by an incentive to invest in sustainability,” says Willem Arts, Sustainable Innovation student at TU/e and responsible for the planning of the construction project. “We use wood for the construction instead of concrete because it’s a much more sustainable material. Wood stores CO₂, whereas construction with steel and concrete produces high levels of CO₂ emissions.” The team also uses recycled material, such as wood from the Pavilion building, which has by now been almost completely demolished.