NILAI, October 1, 2018 -The almost two-year preparation of the Solar Mizan House (MizanHome) led by the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FKAB), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) has come to its final phase.
As the sole representative of the country to such prestigious competition, the successful completion of the MizanHome solar house on a real scale is an indication that this team is ready to risk MizanHome at SDME 2018 competition that will be held in Dubai in November.
In 2016, the main organisor of SDME 2018, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that USIM will be competing with 21 universities from 16 countries namely the UAE, Australia, Taiwan, Pakistan, Italy and United States. Hence, from 2016, the MizanHome team which consists of the architectural and engineering expertise of USIM and UTM initiated the work to produce a fully functional smart home model using solar energy that is adaptable to meet the challenges of dry season, dust and high humidity in Dubai. It creates a new challenge and experience for the MizanHome team to produce this home as it should conform to the concept of ‘clean energy’ and is equipped with the latest technology.
MizanHome, officially launched today by USIM’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Dato ‘Dr. Roshada Hashim provides campus residents an opportunity to view the outdoors and interior of this solar house closely. “The university would like to thank the strong support we received from the Malaysian Architects Association (PAM), government agencies and more than 13 industry partners who provided assistance to realize this project.”
SDME is organized with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge on innovative energy efficient and sustainable homes. In Dubai, the contested homes will be evaluated in terms of architectural, engineering and sustainability assessment and innovation to win a cash prize of AED 10 million.
The completed MizanHome is a home-based real-time model that will be brought to SDME. Installation of this MizanHome in Malaysia is a trial-run and final checks before it is uninstalled and re- installed in Dubai.
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