ENERGYACCESS Rio’s Living Laboratory

Published on Monday, 23 November 2015

A project co-authored by dozens of thousands of hands is turning almost 4,000 ideas into a reality. The Guardian describes the 100% sustainable house conceived by Enel after having collected proposals sent by thousands of people through the NO.V.A (Nós Vivemos o Amanhã – We live the future) crowdsourcing programme that was launched in November 2014 by Ampla, an Enel Group distribution company in Brazil, now in its final stage of execution.

The N.O.VA project has made it possible to identify consumers' main needs and demands, combining them with the creativity of startuppers, makers and design firms, which submitted their cutting-edge proposals to be judged by the general public. The result consisted in solutions focussed on domestic health protection, energy efficiency and a responsible use of resources, integration with nature, the use of environmentally-friendly materials and the automation of various daily activities by means of sensors. The house will be built from a wooden structure of prefabricated modules. It will be energy self-sufficient and equipped with a micro-grid, solar panels for self-generation and a storage system able to store energy both for domestic use and to transfer to the grid.

 The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will be the occasion to celebrate the unveiling of the N.O.VA house. The worksite in Niterói, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, will be opened in November 2015 based on the plans submitted by the Arthur Casas firm, which also designed Brazil's Pavilion at EXPO 2015. The building will also be used as a permanent laboratory in order to constantly assess in real time how the various solutions work and how much they consume, also providing a space for short stays that will allow Brazilian people to experience an ordinary day in the future.