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Workshop 3, UK

Team visit to University of Debrecen

The delegation of University of Brighton visted the partner of University of Debrecen on project progress, modular green roof, circularity, building code, and structural design of shipping container.

Deliverable 2, Promotional Video

UK Build Site Agreed!

Brighton University Estates have agreed our build site and site for where the Brightnest Project will live.

The building will be adjacent the the Heavy Engineering block on the Moulsecoombe Campus, this site also give us a visual reference for our ‘Virtual site’ on the top of the Mithras House building across the road.

View from the project site to see Mithras House in University of Brighton

View from the project site to see Mithras House in University of Brighton

Workshop 1 Hungary

Student Workshop 2 UK

The first design workshop was held at Brighton University Led by John Smith MCIAT (VL, Brighton Allumni and modular construction specialist).

John Led the group through the process of design and the overarching requirements for the Solar Decathlon 19.

The students had a wide range of backgrounds so the primary aim was to define what was needed and what did the students want to achieve.

The white board session captured an evolving design.

white board, initial designsteams list of initial requirements

Over Arching Principals:

  • Recycled
  • Reused
  • Natural Products
  • Circular Economy
  • Must be marketable / affordable


  • Kitchen
  • 2 living spaces
  • Shower room
  • storage / plant room
  • home office space / study
  • home gym

The internal spaces should be flexible and adaptable to change.

Technology and equipment:

  • PV array
  • Battery system
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Waste water treatment
  • Composting Loo
  • MVHR
  • LED Lighting throughout
  • Edible plants
  • Green Roof
  • Green Wall
  • Solar Thermal
  • ASHP
  • Human power gym to charge battery
  • Car plug in

Plus a VR showcase of the building in the building.

Sustainable materials, products & Thinking:

  • Pond
  • re use of old furniture from the university / upcycling
  • bees / insects / bats
  • recycled timber cladding
  • ETFE roof
  • Folding furniture
  • Reuse of shipping containers as the key module.


All this information from the workshop will be taken forward to create a design from and to assists with forming the brief.




The future is BrightNest

We are BrightNest.  We are the University of Brighton project team, the only UK university team shortlisted in Solar Decathlon Europe 2019.




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