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The Solar Decathlon Europe is a competition based on 10 different contests; from engineering & construction to innovation and from energy performance to affordability & viability.

The goal of the competition is to design and develop highly energy-efficient solar-powered dwellings and besides it focuses on the transition of the existing urban stock. For the competition, a 1:1 part of the project needs to be built, it has to function to be able to actually live in it. The competition is in Wuppertal, May/June 2022.

With SUM (Symbiotic Urban Movement) we aim to design a beneficial relationship between the user, the community, and the environment: a symbiosis. By focusing on modularity, circularity, and sustainability, we want to create an effective and resonating solution for the future. Our team currently already consists of 48 enthusiastic students from 21 different countries and covers 9 different disciplines. Despite our differences in cultural backgrounds and skills, we all share the same passion and dedication to become successful as team SUM! 

Currently, SUM is looking for team members with structural engineering background. For this role, you will design and calculate, together with structural companies, the different structural elements for an actual build prototype. the position will be for 8-16 hours a week, and interested (bachelor, or 1st / 2nd year master) students could send their CV + motivation (maximum 250 words) to More information can be found on our website as well:   

Symbiotic Urban Movement aims to be so much more than just a ‘winning’ competition entry. We aim to become a platform for the sustainable redevelopment of post-war neighborhoods. By using the addition and renovation as a way to influence the community and their habits. There are 847,000 tenement apartments in the Netherlands, which represent 11% of the total housing stock. By addressing this type, we have the opportunity to create a system that can be used across the Netherlands and even Europe. 

Tackling this type of buildings creates the opportunity to contribute to the environmental task of being energy-neutral in 2050 and to contribute to the Dutch goal of adding one million homes by 2030. In addition to the focus on modularity, circularity, and sustainability, SUM also looks for solutions that contribute to the urban and social living environment. According to SUM, creating a community based on new and sustainable habits is an opportunity to create a major impact on our social and environmental footprint. Therefore, the team's ambition is to create symbiosis: a beneficial relationship between the user, the community, and the environment.

The tenement apartments are currently underperforming on environmental, social, and economic aspects. The three main project objectives aim to address these three problems. These are 1. Creating a net-positive solution for the redevelopment of post-war neighborhoods. 2. Using the redevelopment of post-war neighborhoods to create symbiotic solutions. Solutions that create a community that encourages sustainable habits 3. Provide affordable accommodation for the push-pull generation (20 to 35 years old).