Gallery: The European Solar Decathlon Kicks Off Today – Exclusive Photo...

Ready for another exciting competition in the world of prefab solar houses? Today the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe kicked off in Madrid, Spain, marking the first time the competition has been hosted in Europe! Seventeen teams from around the globe are battling it out in the center of the city to see who has the most efficient solar powered and eco-friendly house. Just like the competition in Washington DC, the teams will be graded on their ability to minimize their energy use, innovative architecture and engineering, sustainability, and more. Read on for our exclusive photos and a first look at the most exciting houses in this year's competition!

Above, the Fablab House from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is on their home turf for this competition and one of it's most striking differences from the other houses is its departure from rectangular home. Solar panels completely cover the curvaceous roof and is built off the ground for a boost of natural ventilation.

Teams from all over the world have traveled to Madrid with their prefabricated solar-powered houses, and seventeen teams are listed as competitors. Two teams from the USA crossed over the pond to compete head-to-head with teams from Germany, Spain, France, China, the UK, Finland and India. So far, the teams’ designs and plans for their houses are impressive and creative and only a true test of the homes capabilities will reveal the winner.

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  1. Renewable Ray June 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    It seems to be the same everywhere “oh”…..that’s why “shedding” has become so popular. Small homes under 200 square feet require no permits.

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  5. oh June 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

    It would be great to see all the buildings on display in Madrid.

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  12. osiversen June 19, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Nice buildings. I have tried for 3 years now to got get a building permit for a prefab house in Denmark. It is not allowed to build like that inside city limits. Forget everything you hear about new low energy building in denmark, It is almost only drawings, nothing really is being build. Because it is not allow by the danish build codex.

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