Gold Medal at the Solar Decathlon

Community & Co-design
by Brittany

In a previous blog post ( we reported on our involvement in the production of a net zero energy house. Edmiston Jones have had a key role as consultant architects, mentoring and guiding University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra students in the design and documentation of the house known as the Illawarra Flame. Now after 18 months of hard work, we have taken first place in the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Datong, China, trouncing 21 other talented teams representing over 30 countries!

Apart from winning the overall competition, the Illawarra Flame also came first in the architecture contest (one of 10 and hence ‘decathlon’). Judged by architects from China, Germany and USA, the design was praised with the jury stating that the house was “architecture that celebrated human life rather than [architecture] itself”. This resonated strongly with the team at Edmiston Jones as our vision is to “create extraordinary environments, that are sensitive and sensible, enhancing the lives of all touched by them”.

The innovative design and excellent teamwork gained extensive media coverage including the Illawarra Mercury (, ABC News Online ( and Fairfax papers ‘Talking Property’ Column (

Edmiston Jones Director, Mark Jones, was honoured to continue his close involvement with the UOW team travelling to China for the competition, fitting out the rooms, conducting tours and then sharing the stage with the team to receive the gold medal.






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