City Officials Celebrate Arrival of Acclaimed dasHAUS Energy Pavilion


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Photo: Mayor Henrietta Davis (center) and officials from MIT, the German American Chamber of Commerce, the German Consulate Boston, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, and Mass. Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, celebrate the opening of the dasHaus exhibit.

Presented by the German American Chambers of Commerce, the acclaimed dasHAUS exhibit will be open to the public June 18-27 at 219 Vassar Street on the MIT campus. A series of informations sessions and tours are being planned on Cambridge Day, Tuesday, June 26.  Check the schedule of events at:

The dasHAUS exhibit 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 represent leading organizations and businesses in building materials, architecture, engineering, renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses, universities and public officials. It’s about the future of sustainable building and the resources and integration needed to reach that future. Come join the dialogue

“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.

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.

“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.”

"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

For more information on dasHAUS and the most up-to-date schedule of events, visit


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