Gallery: French Student Team Rhône-Alpes Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon ...

Big news out of Madrid, Spain: French university Team Rhône-Alpes has won the 2012 European Solar Decathlon with their stunning solar Canopea House! Leading the Solar Decathlon competition since winning the Architecture and Operations prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy to run all of the electricity on both floors and charge up a mini electric vehicle at the same time! The Canopea house was designed for modularity and was specifically engineered so that it can be stacked into 'nanotowers' to provide high density housing, addressing the need for sustainable urban housing in the alpine corridor.

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  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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