When it comes to innovations in renewables and energy efficiency, Germany’s contributions always seems to land in the headlines. Whether it’s the prototype Efficiency House Plus, which generates enough surplus energy to power an electric car, or its pledge to shut down its nuclear reactors and replace them with renewables by 2022, Germany is a worldwide leader in developing and implementing green technologies.
The German Ministry of Economics and Technology is currently sponsoring a public outreach project – dubbed dasHAUS – that intends to share some of these innovations with the world. dasHAUS is a touring exhibition that connects industry professionals in North America with the latest market-ready renewable and energy efficiency solutions from Germany. From October 2011 to November 2012, the dasHAUS pavilion and exhibition will travel throughout the US and Canada, making stops in 12 major cities. The next stop, in Tempe, AZ, is scheduled January 21-30, 2012 at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
“dasHAUS creates a space where industry professionals and the general public can interact with these technologies in a meaningful, hands-on way,” said Sabine Mattern of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., which is presenting the Tempe exhibition. “By showcasing German innovations in renewables and energy efficiency, we hope to start a dialogue that creates lasting international partnerships. dasHAUS is a starting point for that conversation.”
dasHAUS is an integrated, multifaceted structure that demonstrates real-world solutions for meeting ultra-low energy building standards. It draws inspiration from the Technical University of Darmstadt’s 2007 and 2009 first-place entries in the Solar Decathlon, an international solar house competition presented by the US Department of Energy.
Visitors of dasHAUS can find out about a multitude of sustainability technologies, including:
- Thin film photovoltaic roof, facade and louvered panel systems
- Heat-recovery climate control and ventilation systems, Passive House Standard triple-pane windows
- Solar-powered LED lighting systems and high-efficiency appliances
- Vacuum insulated panel systems
- VRLA battery systems
- Advanced wall construction materials and methods
During its 10-day stop in each city, dasHAUS is open to the public for free guided tours. Special outreach events, including conferences and expert speaker engagements, are also planned for each location.
For more information on dasHAUS and the most up-to-date schedule of events, including tour dates, visit www.dashaustour.com.