Acclaimed German Energy Pavilion dasHAUS Comes to Cambridge June 18-27


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The German American Chambers of Commerce are pleased to announce the return of the highly anticipated dasHAUS exhibit to the U.S. with a stop in Cambridge June 18-27 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 219 Vassar St.  The internationally acclaimed exhibition engages and educates the community and connects industry professionals in North America with the latest market-ready renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions from Germany.

“Welcoming the dasHAUS Pavilion to Cambridge is a great opportunity for our community to learn more on cutting edge building technology to advance our city goal of increasing the number of residential buildings that are energy efficient,” said Mayor Henrietta Davis.

“The German American Chambers of Commerce realize that reducing energy use and developing more sustainable energy systems are global issues, which will only be solved through international cooperation,” said Dr. Benno Bunse, President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce.  “We are pleased to present energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in dasHAUS that are ready to meet these goals today.”

dasHAUS is an integrated, multifaceted structure that demonstrates real-world technologies and solutions for meeting ultra-low energy building standards. It draws inspiration from the Technical University of Darmstadt’s 2007 and 2009 first-place entries in the Solar Decathlon, an international solar house competition presented by the US Department of Energy.

"MIT is very pleased to be able to host the dasHAUS pavilion on campus,” said John Fernandez, MIT Associate Professor in Building Technology and Engineering Systems.   “What a terrific way of showcasing for the entire community some of the technologies critical for addressing our building energy challenges. MIT continues to be a hot bed of energy research, education, and sustainable practices on campus, and dasHAUS offers a hands-on look at several sustainable design features being used today.”

Several special events and presentations will be part of the dasHAUS pavilion, featuring presentations by thought leaders on sustainability, green building and new methods of integration for ultra-low energy buildings.

Visitors of dasHAUS at MIT can learn about a multitude of sustainability technologies including:

·  Thin film photovoltaic roof, facade and louvered panel systems
·  Heat-recovery climate control and ventilation systems, Passive House Standard triple-pane windows
·  Solar-powered LED lighting systems and high-efficiency appliances
·  Vacuum insulated panel systems
·  VRLA battery systems
·  Advanced wall construction materials and methods

Join us for Cambridge Day (see below). For more information on dasHAUS and the most up-to-date schedule of events, visit

Cambridge Day Tuesday, June 26, from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a day with representatives of the City of Cambridge and the State of Massachusetts. Learn more about green initiatives in Cambridge and connect with City officials, decision makers and industry experts during the public guided tours at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. RSVP required through website above.

Cambridge Backgrounder:
The goal of the City of Cambridge is to lead by example by reducing energy consumption within its municipal buildings and operations. In 1999, Cambridge became a member of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program and was also an early signatory of the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2002. In the spring of 2010, Cambridge was designated a Green Community for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize energy use, and serve as a leader among municipalities in achieving sustainability.

dasHAUS Backgrounder:
Das Haus is a traveling pavilion, a North American tour and an ongoing international dialogue about advanced technologies for home construction and solar energy use. The purpose – to share German innovations that have achieved sustainable construction and operational energy savings. Attendees will represent leading organizations and businesses in building materials, architecture, engineering, renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as  university representatives and public officials.

German American Chamber of Commerce Backgrounder
The German American Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest bilateral trade organizations worldwide.  With 2,000 member companies and office locations in Atlanta, Chicago and New York as well as branch offices in Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco, the GACC offers experience in facilitating connections and services between German industry and its partners in the U.S.


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