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ActivitiesA project team including Professor Fumio Uchida and Associate Professor Kyosuke Hiyama of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering was awarded an “Excellence Award” and a special “Regional Redevelopment Award” in “ENEMANE House 2015″ 2016.03.30

At the “Enemane House 2015″ award ceremony and review session held in Yokohama City on Saturday, October 31, “Yamaguchi-san no Kaze no Ie” (“Yamaguchi-san’s Breezy House”), proposed by a project team under leader Professor Fumio Uchida and sub-leader Associate Professor Kyosuke Hiyama, both of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, received an “Excellence Award” and a special “Regional Redevelopment Award.” (Selection for participation in “ENEMANE House 2015″ was reported in No. 6 of this newsletter, issued in September 2015.)

“ENEMANE House 2015″ was an exhibition for which universities, private business operators, etc. worked together to construct model houses of a ZEH (a house with an annual primary energy balance of zero), based on the theme “Houses of the future, as imagined by students.” Yamaguchi University and four other universities were selected, and measurement surveys and exhibiting were conducted at the venue in Yokohama City.

“Yamaguchi-san no Kaze no Ie,” which the team from Yamaguchi University proposed, has a step-like spatial structure in order to make use of natural lighting and natural ventilation, and is something in which dependency on machines has been reduced through creative use of “shape.” In working on this project as sub-leader, the Associate Professor took full advantage of research results thus far, for example by confirming, from the early stages of the design, the level of achievement of the living environment resulting from the “shape” by performing simulations regarding lighting environment and energy. “Yamaguchi-san no Kaze no Ie” was evaluated highly not only because of its function as a ZEH, but also because of the fact that it was a proposal that used techniques of local companies and craftsmen and the resources of the region. As a regional redevelopment type model for which regional capabilities have been gathered together, it is anticipated that the design technology established through this project will be put to good use, and the circulation of forest resources achieved.

 Associate Professor Hiyama with a pellet stove that will contribute to the circulation of forest resources