Czech Sustainable Houses

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Winner of the EU Sustainable Energy Awards - Young Energy Leaders

The annual Czech Sustainable Houses architectural competition is inspiring young architects to lead the way to energy transition with their innovative, energy-saving designs. Since it began in 2016, the competition has attracted entries from more than 800 students. The project encourages households and businesses to draw on these solutions and implement some of them in their homes and premises, leading many people to make the change to cleaner energy.

A competition for students

Czech Sustainable Houses, started as an online hub providing information on sustainability to raise awareness and create public demand for sustainable energy solutions. But it’s the project’s annual architectural competition that has gained it the most following. More than 20 sustainable houses have been built based on work done under the project and the students’ designs, while at least 40 students have found jobs in companies promoting sustainability after entering the competition.

Events and a think tank

Following the success of the architectural competition and hub, Czech Sustainable Houses has also set up a think tank bringing together 20 companies, 3 ministries, 8 universities and 10 professional organisations. It also organises exhibitions and workshops around the Czech Republic.

In addition, the project's competition and communication activities have brought it to the attention of 3.5 million people over two years via social and mainstream media, including through 900 articles, interviews and mentions on television.

Everyone can play their part

In light of rising energy demand, it is vital to speed up the transition to cleaner energy by getting the public on board. The project is based on the belief that everyone can play their part in the energy transition if they have access to the right know-how. Once the need to make the transition to cleaner energy is widely understood, the next step is to develop viable solutions and business models. Through their innovative designs and armed with the latest information, these young architects are showing how it can be done.

Given the positive results in the Czech Republic, Czech Sustainable Houses has now been asked to develop similar projects in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.