Zumtobel and Tridonic, both brands of the Zumtobel Group, have joined students from HTWG Konstanz (University of Applied Sciences which focuses on engineering, business administration and design) on the development of a lighting solution for their ECOLAR concept. The name ECOLAR was adopted by forty students from six different departments who came up with the idea of developing energy-efficient and expandable living spaces for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 architectural competition.
It was this sustainable building method that struck a chord with Zumtobel and Tridonic. Drawing on the expertise of the two brands, Kay-Uwe Dingeldein from Zumtobel Lighting, Dornbirn then joined forces with the students to develop a lighting concept for the house. After intensive work on the lighting design, the students were also given a licence to use Vivaldi (a tool for visualising lighting scenes and light colours.) The luminaires for the ECOLAR house were sponsored by Zumtobel Lighting and Tridonic.
In the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition in Madrid, which challenges collegiate teams from different countries to design, build and operate solar-powered houses, the HTWG initiative came fourth in the overall ranking. It also won two firsts and one third place in the individual categories.
The Zumtobel Group is currently exploring ideas for sustainable use of the ECOLAR house in Konstanz in the future. LED workshops and customer visits are planned. On 18 and 19 March, the students will be presenting their project once again as part of a seminar for lighting designers in Dornbirn.