Professor Lou, Yongqi, vice-president of Tongji University, who is responsible for foreign affairs, said: "Sustainability permeates the research and education programs of the University. Since the 1990s, Tongji persists in aims that cultivate student leaders of sustainable development and equip them with knowledge, hands-on skills, innovative mindsets, global perspectives and strong senses of social responsibilities.
"A global leader in sustainable development, Tongji was the first Asia-Pacific university receiving the International Sustainable Campus Excellence Award. I look forward to the good performance of the team! It will be one of the most important parts of our collaboration between Tongji University and UEL in sustainable development!"
Professor Su, Yunsheng, executive president of Shanghai International Institute of Design and Innovation of Tongji University and project leader, has been working closely with UEL in research and other academic collaboration. Based on his previous practice and research in low-carbon construction field, he initiated and orchestrated the joint team for OCSD23.
He said, "This project will be an active attempt in the field of rapid construction and composite green energy buildings, we have made this proposal based on our technical accumulation in materials, construction technology, water treatment and energy supply, and we also hope that this proposal will become a sample for green low-carbon buildings."
Dr Arman Hashemi, senior lecturer and member of the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at UEL, said: "We are honoured to be selected alongside Tongji University for this decathlon. Together we will design and build an affordable, carbon natural prefabricated home in California in a sustainable village in Orange County.
"The proposed house will benefit from the state-of-the-art equipment, robotic manufacturing technologies, innovative materials and fabrication processes to achieve highest standards in terms of energy performance and comfort while reducing costs, waste and construction time on site.
"This is a challenging project as the house should not only achieve the highest sustainability standards, but also be an affordable market-ready home that people can occupy right away. We look forward to delivering this exciting project in the next few months."
Dr Paul Marshall, pro-vice chancellor careers and enterprise at UEL, said: "I am delighted that UEL and Tongji University have been selected to enter this important competition.
"This success is evidence that our partnership is making a real impact. Sustainability is a key priority for us both and we will continue to work closely together to tackling climate change and improve the lives of people across the world. I look forward to seeing what we create in the decathlon."
For more information see the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon 2023 (OCSD23).