Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
School of Chemical Engineering

2015 SISCA Finalists



Winner:  TeeZee  ($10,000)

Connor Prince, Joe Cabonce, Tom Thorne, Brendan Garvey and Julian Cao

The TeeZee Pyramid Accordion Shelter is a sustainable, quickly-deployable shelter developed as part of the School of Civil Engineering Icarus Program by a team of undergraduate civil engineering students. The structure was initially designed to be a light-weight, sustainable alternative to regular tent shelters for music festival goers, though over time, has expanded into a multitude of categories due to a versatile design. The TeeZee utilises origami engineering technology to achieve maximum structural rigidity whilst minimising the materials used in its construction. The design is constructed from corflute plastic, a light weight and highly recyclable material which combines strength and environmentally friendly components into a neat package.  

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Second Prize:  HOME3, Modular Panelled Construction  ($2,500)

Home3, Modular Panelled Construction

David Nelson

Safety, resilience and dignity are all associated with quality housing which 1.2 billion people live without (Woetzel et. al. 2014). However the HOME3 now enables those benefits to be associated with ergonomic design, sustainability and affordability. This is achieved with a patent ending mass produced panelling system which is flat packed for efficient transportation and can be completely assembled by unskilled labour without specialist equipment on site. These identical one by one meter panels are bolted together to form walls, floors and roofs.

Due to the modular design of this structure it can be built room by room with the structural requirements of each room costing from $2300 to $5000 (see appendix for detailed price estimates). This cost can be spread out over multiple instalments of $50 by buying one panel at a time until a complete structure can be constructed. This will enable even the most impoverished to be able to afford high quality housing making the housing ladder truly inclusive. The HOME3 can also be completely self-sufficient by storing rain water and capturing electricity. The water system costs $2000 and includes a 2x2x2m tank and pump. The electrical system costs $8500 and includes solar panels and a Tesla Power Wall. Both systems can be modularly expanded.

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Runner Up: The Green Building Network

The Green Building NetworkNathan Coyne

In Australia at current there is enough technology to create more sustainable buildings, yet there has not been a vendor that successfully establishes the value proposition for companies. The idea presented is to create a green service business and then facilitate the uptake of our services through; networking, social media and creating a sustainable community. The dream goal is to catalyse the construction of a ‘green building’, one which is healthier for people, and uses less fossil fuel to run. This will be achieved through the development of a plant rental service, which will be used as a launch-pad for funding, supply chain security, and building a community of sustainably minded people as a customer acquisition channel.
The main challenge is in market execution, as the technology is pre-existing, so the idea is to use networking and social media to help create a community, and in-turn sell sustainable living to SMEs such as cafes.