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February 2012

Construction of the wooden flooring

Finally the time has come: The wooden beams of the old “Tivoli” in Aachen are now being converted to floor panels for the interior and exterior of our house. Therefore, we had to move the large and heavy elements away from their storage site in Jülich to a truck and we transported them to the wood shop at the Faculty of Architecture, where the planks are produced. There we had a specific training on the circular saw, getting all necessary safety instructions. Equipped with work clothes, safety glasses and ear plugs, we were then able to practice our first cuttings. After that we used a metal detector to remove all hidden nails before starting with the saw. In the next few weeks the entire floor of the Counter Entropy House is going to be built.

“SDE 2012 meets professionals“

Today we went to an all day event at the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Darmstadt organized by ''Ten Action''. After a welcome speech by Friederike Hassemer, both participating teams of the “Solar Decathlon Europe” presented their building designs. Our “Counter Entropy House” was presented by Julia Hüsgen. Afterwards the former Teams from Rosenheim, Stuttgart, Berlin and Wuppertal gave a lecture with helpful advices for the construction sequence and the organisation in Madrid. In the afternoon we visited the competition house of 2009 of Darmstadt. Afterwards building experts gave interesting presentations about building systems and timber construction. We rounded off the day with a buffet and drinks talking to the experts and former participants about outstanding issues. Besides all the useful information we also received a box full of CDs for our facade collected by Team “IKAROS” from Rosenheim!

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