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Zumtobel, Tridonic,
40 students and
enlightening ideas
Within ECOLAR, 40 students from six different faculties had
the idea of developing a modular, energy-efficient and expand-
able building for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 architectural
competition. The method of sustainable and energy-efficient
building found favour with Zumtobel and Tridonic. Based on
the expertise of both brands, Kay-Uwe Dingeldein, Zumtobel
Lighting Dornbirn, designed the lighting concept for the build-
ing together with the students. For the lighting solution, the use
of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) as energy-efficient light sources
was preferred.
After intensive lighting design training, the students were also
granted a licence for Vivaldi, a software programme developed
by Zumtobel to visualise lighting scenes and light colours. The
required luminaires – fitted with energy-efficient Tridonic bal-
lasts – for the ECOLAR house were sponsored by Zumtobel
and Tridonic.
Suspense was high at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 com-
petition in Madrid, an architectural competition of interna-
tional renown. The students were ranked fourth on aggregate
with their project; in the individual categories they managed to
achieve two further sole leads and one third place. Apart from
this outstanding performance, participating in the competition
and travelling to Madrid was in itself a great experience for the
The cooperation is being continued after the competition.
Within the scope of the Zumtobel seminars for lighting design-
ers in Dornbirn, the students present their ECOLAR project
in a lecture. The presentation is clearly felt to be an asset in
the everyday project landscape and is considered today as
“best practice” for sustainable lighting solutions by Zumtobel |
Tridonic, using LED technology.
Moreover, there are some ideas for sustainable use of the
ECOLAR house in Constance by the Zumtobel Group; pos-
sible options are LED workshops and customer visits on site.
The cooperation with HTWG Konstanz (Hochschule Konstanz
| Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung) is one example of nu-
merous Zumtobel Group cooperations in the educational
sphere. As one of four core areas, education/training is an
important field of social commitment in the Zumtobel Group
and an integral part of its Corporate Citizenship activities.
ECOLAR, Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 –
no, these catchwords are not part
of a new lighting study of the Zumtobel
Group, but refer to the university
cooperation of the Zumtobel and Tridonic
brands with HTWG Konstanz.
In the Solar Decathlon 20 university teams from all over the world competed in ten different disciplines.