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French Team Rhone Alpes Wins The 2012 European Solar Decathlon Competition
French Team Rhone Alpes Wins The 2012 European Solar Decathlon Competition

The top six homes in the final results of the 2012 European Solar Decathlon are:

1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes
2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia
3. MED in Italy by Team Italy
4. ECOLAR by Team Germany
5. Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University
6. ODOO Project by Team Hungary

In the first week of the 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid, competition was touch and go, but with their stunning solar Canopea house the students from France have kept a fairly constant lead since winning the architecture and operations categories. Not only has with their stunning solar Canopea House! demonstrated remarkable engineering skills, but they’ve displayed consistent leadership in virtually every category.

Team Rhône-Alpes received a whopping 120 points for architecture, 116.85 for functionality and 86.70 for sustainability for the two-story Canopea home prototype topped by a crown of PV panels. However, Team Rhône-Alpes‘ specially designed ‘nanotower concept’ could scale up both horizontally and vertically to create whole neighborhoods of Canopeas, which is something that the judges took into consideration. The final scores haven’t been released yet, but since today’s win hinged on innovation, we’re not at all surprised to see the team from France take first place. Congratulations to Team Rhône-Alpes for their much-deserved win!

+ Canopea by Team Rhône-Alpes

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1 Comment

  1. Zerowastedesign October 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    The Zero Waste Institute has written for years about the need to stop adulating the most conventional indices of good architecture based on recycling and move into high level functional reuse instead. Everything connected with a building should be modular and capable of being disassembled and reused again in another building, hopefully for at least 100 years. Just putting a solar panel on the roof is not enough. Just using some recycled board is not enough. Just putting in insulation is not enough. Just meeting LEED standards is not enough. The destruction of enormous amounts of resources by building demolition as conventionally carried out is a crime. Though the story here is scarce in details, it sounds like this team has tried to design modules thatwww never need to be destroyed just because the building is no longer wanted in its current location.
    Paul Palmer

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