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6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!
Posted By Mike Chino On September 17, 2012 @ 11:30 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Features,Green Building,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | No Comments
The 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe kicked off this past weekend as 19 teams of students from around the world unveiled stunning solar-powered homes in the heart of Madrid. This year's teams combined cutting-edge eco technology and green building strategies with tremendous creativity to achieve the decathlon's goal of creating the world's most efficient sun-powered house. From cylindrical solar homes that generate two times more energy than they consume to Passivhauses inspired by traditional architecture and modular prefab marvels, read on for 6 of our favorite projects in the European Solar Decathlon - and stay tuned for our exclusive coverage this week and next week!
Designed by the Technical University of Denmark , the Plus Energy FOLD House  is a versatile modular home that can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on how its site is laid out.
The Heliomet SunBloc House  by the London Metropolitan University  is designed to be placed on the rooftops of existing buildings, where it will supply electricity and hot water to its neighbors.
Team Zaragoza ‘s Casa Pi  is the only circular house in this year’s European Solar Decathlon . The sun powered cylindrical home is designed to generate two times more energy than it consumes while cutting water use by one half.
China’s Tongji University  drew upon Daoist principles to design the Para Eco-House  – a self-sufficient home that takes advantage of Passivhaus strategies to keep its energy use to a minimum.
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URLs in this post:
 Technical University of Denmark: http://www.dtu.dk/English.aspx
 Plus Energy FOLD House: http://inhabitat.com/plus-energy-fold-house-by-team-denmark-can-be-erected-in-multiple-configurations/
 Heliomet SunBloc House: http://inhabitat.com/london-metropolitan-university-students-create-heliomet-sunbloc-solution-for-urban-environments/
 London Metropolitan University: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/
 Basque University: http://www.ehu.es/
 Ekihouse: http://inhabitat.com/spanish-university-students-design-ekihouse-to-simplify-a-sustainable-lifestyle-at-the-solar-decathlon-europe/
 Omotenashi House: http://inhabitat.com/japans-omotenashi-house-to-promote-a-self-sufficient-lifestyle-at-2012-solar-decathlon-europe/
 Chiba University: http://www.chiba-u.ac.jp/e/
 green wall: http://inhabitat.com/tag/green-wall/
 Team Zaragoza: http://wzar.unizar.es/servicios/ingles/prese.htm
 Casa Pi: http://inhabitat.com/cylindrical-casa-pi-by-sde-2012-team-zaragoza-produces-twice-as-much-energy-as-it-uses/
 European Solar Decathlon: http://inhabitat.com/solar-decathlon/
 Tongji University: http://www.tongji.edu.cn/english/
 Para Eco-House: http://inhabitat.com/east-meets-west-in-tongji-universitys-para-eco-house-design-for-the-european-solar-decathlon/
 + Solar Decathlon Europe: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/sd_europe.html
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