ATLANTA — Atlas Roofing donated polyiso roofing and wall insulation boards to Team Réciprocité, who entered Maison Reciprocity, or Reciprocity House, in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, an international green design challenge for students. The team received first place in the Electrical Energy Balance category. A collaborative effort between Appalachian State University and the University of Angers in Angers, France, Réciprocité also placed ninth in the overall competition out of 20.
Solar Decathlon Europe, inspired by the U.S. Solar Decathlon, challenged collegiate teams from around the globe to design, build, and operate, cost-effective and energy-efficient houses powered only by the sun. Organizers say one focus of the competition is to improve research in the fields of solar energy and sustainable architecture.
The team was challenged with designing an affordable and market-ready house constructed of entirely green and sustainable building materials and products. They put together a visionary row house.
“Atlas Roofing is proud to have been part of Solar Decathlon Europe through the donation of our polyiso insulation boards,” stated Alec Minne, director of marketing for Atlas Wall CI Board. "This is a competition with a cause and a great opportunity to educate the world market on the green benefits of polyiso.”
Team members used Atlas ACFoam® Polyiso Roof Insulation and Atlas Rboard® wall sheathing throughout the low-rise, multi-family structure. With low initial installation costs and attractive life-cycle payback rates, polyiso wall insulation is used where its superior R-value can provide maximum resistance to heat transfer while taking up minimal space.
Atlas Rboard® is a closed cell polyisocyanurate (polyiso) foam core, faced with a non-reflective coated glass-mat facer on both sides. Using polyiso wall insulation, which is known for its zero ozone depletion and zero global warming potentials, was a logical choice of material for the competition.
ACFoam® Polyiso Roof Insulation is a closed-cell, rigid foam board, available in flat or tapered insulation.
“Polyiso is the only foam plastic roof insulation that can be used without the need for a thermal barrier,” said Kyle Rowe, tapered services manager for Atlas Roofing. “It is an excellent choice for green building applications around the globe.”
Competitors had 18 months to design, build and transport their creations to France. Team Réciprocité was one of only two teams comprised of U.S. students.
Winners were announced July 12 in Versailles, France.