2008-06-25 11:56:33 GMT 2008-06-25 19:56:33 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
BEIJING, June 25 (Xinhua) -- An international architectural design competition for the so-called "Sun-lit Schools" was launched here Wednesday, to seek solutions for solar-fueled school buildings in the countryside.
The contest is co-organized by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the China Renewable Energy Society.
Contestants are required to design "Sun-lit" school buildings with reference to climatic conditions in earthquake-hit areas such as Maerkang and Mianyang, both in Sichuan Province.
Energy-efficient design is revolution for the architecture sector, a major energy consumer, according to Zhong Jishou, the organizing committee executive chairman.
"We want to make a breakthrough in building schools in the quake areas," he said. "Moreover, we also want provide a new model for rebuilding programs in these areas."
Professionals from domestic and overseas architectural institutions, universities and research and manufacturing companies related to solar energy are eligible applicants.