AUD & Cazza Construction Partner to Build the First Solar Decathlon Middle East 3D Printed House
AUD & Cazza Construction Partner to Build the First Solar Decathlon Mi
American University in Dubai and Cazza Construction Partner to Build the First
Solar Decathlon Middle East 3D Printed House. 
The American University in Dubai (AUD) and Cazza agreed to collaborate and use the company’s 3D technology to build the first 3D printed house for the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) competition. Dubai is already home to the world’s first fully-functional 3D printed office building by Cazza, located next to Emirates Towers, The Office of the Future caters to the Dubai Future Foundation.
AUD was shortlisted for the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition in October 2016. Since then, the university has established an effective multidisciplinary team to build an energy efficient house for the Solar Decathlon competition. Students from the AUD School of Engineering, in collaboration with the School of Art, Architecture and Design, and the Mohammed bin Rashid School for Communication are working closely with reputable companies including Cazza Construction, to utilize the latest technologies in solar power and construction engineering.  Students from disciplines as diverse as civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering; architecture and interior design; journalism and digital production are working together to design, execute, and disseminate relevant information to the public about the project.
Cazza is known for producing a 3D printing construction system that combines the use of mobile 3D printing robots with existing construction methods to make construction processes faster, more cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Earlier this year, Cazza agreed to collaborate with the Dubai Government on 3D printing technologies and enrolled in the Dubai Future Accelerators program. Dubai has already set a target for 25 percent of buildings to be 3D-printed by 2030.
“Collaborating with Cazza is in line with our strategic plan to innovate and expose our students to the latest trends and technologies, this is a great learning opportunity to set our future engineers and architects on the right path for future developments. It is a privilege to work with such a high-tech company with cutting edge technologies. We are very pleased to partner with them on a high-profile project and maintain AUD’s vision aligned with HH Sheikh’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 10X initiative,” commented Dr. Alaa Ashmawy, Dean of the School of Engineering.
Cazza is very excited to collaborate with the American University in Dubai to 3D print an energetically, self-sufficient solar house. The project incorporates a modern and futuristic design that is perfect for 3D printing. We can’t wait to help bring the vision of the Solar Decathlon AUD team to life and show how 3D printing will provide and be a part of an environmentally sustainable solution to housing in the future,” added CEO of Cazza, Chris Kelsey.
“We are excited to be a part of this innovative project. AUD has an impressive concept and their group of students is the talent of the future.” Echoed Fernando De Los Rios, COO and Cazza co-founder.
Electricity generation from solar energy is the key to a sustainable and resourceful future for generations to come. AUD’s project “JEEL”, meaning (Generation) in Arabic, has been selected to reflect this message. Taking a critical step toward the development of sustainable cities in the future, JEEL employs affordable, resource-efficient, and both user and eco-friendly technologies in constructing a solar-powered energy efficient residential unit. The architectural design of the sustainable house addresses relevant traditional, modern, and innovative architectural elements to accommodate a sustainable living environment while maintaining aspects of the Emirati culture.
Solar Decathlon has become a global phenomenon since its inception in 2002. For the past 15 years, it has been the world's premier student competition in the field of sustainable engineering. It has also been an intensive learning opportunity for consumers and homeowners as they experience the latest technologies and materials in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles, and sustainable buildings while providing a hands-on experience and unique training that prepares the students to enter the clean energy workforce. Twenty two teams among a host of university submissions from countries around the world including Austria, USA, Finland, France, UAE, Spain, and Taiwan were chosen to move forward based on their initial proposals in the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) - an international competition created through an agreement signed between Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) and the Department of Energy of the United States of America in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, energy sufficient livable solar house to be exhibited and evaluated in Dubai in 2018.