Solar Decathlon

Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Instead of demolishing the house, which lacked space, comfort and consumed around 175 euro of energy each month, the team decided to improve the climate and spatial performance of the house while

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NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Given that the NCTU Unicode is based in Taiwan, a country notorious for its muggy and oppressive tropical summers, it's little surprise that the team honed in on their country's unsustainable and

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Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

The Cap 44 building is part of the city's heritage as one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in the world; a style that was later copied in thousands of buildings around the globe. The Atlantic

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Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

The 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges 20 competing collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered, passive homes with cost-effective, consumer appeal. After

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Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Housing in Costa Rica used to resemble that of Spain, especially the fact that "central courtyards were the soul of the house." Over time however, growing insecurity and the influence of other cultures

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Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Some of the major issues the project addresses are overcrowding, water shortage, pollution, insecurity, limited mobility, and energy deficits within the ZMVM. Team Mexico created a prototype as an

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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main took a unique approach to this year’s Solar Decathlon by trying to solve urban housing issues. OnTop is a modular unit that can be

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Chiba University’s Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Chiba University’s Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Deeply affected by the Tohoku-Oki earthquake that decimated northeastern Japan in March 2011, the students of Chiba University focused on creating post-disaster architecture and communities for their 2014

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

This particular project is based on the idea of evolution, which is why it starts out as a simple "survival module" in order to provide shelter and safety for people displaced by a natural disaster. After

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Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Designed to be ideally adapted to its environment, the Adaptive House responds to Thailand's tropical climate through passive environmental controls. Natural ventilation crosses through the home and up

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Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

The Liv-Lib' project consists of two elements: “hubs” and “habitation capsules.” The hubs are solar-powered urban infrastructure cores that contain technological and ecological systems necessary

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Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

The owners of the Altbau will invest to refurbish the rooftop and possibly replace old electrical appliances, fix windows and the façade and renew the heating system. The modular addition can be

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Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Taking inspiration from the natural phenomenon of symbiosis, Plateau Team proposes "the colonization of the roofs of the target buildings with an extra level of construction." The additional level can be

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Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

The EFdeN house consists of a cubic volume punctuated by a glass structure that brings an abundance of natural light into the living space. This greenhouse-like structure allows the modular house to

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Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Like a box within a box, the double height 81m2 communal space provides multifunctionality and adapts to form a meeting space, dining hall, play space, dance room and even a basketball court. Playful rope

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Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The home is based on designing row house neighborhoods that have a minimal environmental impact. Built as an affordable multi-story house, Maison Reciprocity is organized around a central Container for

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RhOME for denCity’s Solar Decathlon Home Boasts Adjustable Photovoltaic Shading Screens

RhOME for denCity’s Solar Decathlon Home Boasts Adjustable Photovoltaic Shading Screens

The RhOME for denCity team consists of professors and researchers from the Architecture, Business Studies and Engineering departments of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and a department of

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Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

The protoype was constructed with wooden materials and was built for maximum flexibility. The building is designed to produce a positive amount of energy that could be used to share energy as part of a

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Danish Students’ EMBRACE House for Two Boasts a Super Energy-Efficient Double Envelope

Danish Students’ EMBRACE House for Two Boasts a Super Energy-Efficient Double Envelope

Students from the Technical University of Denmark designed the home for two by combining passive and active technological solutions. The building’s thermal envelope shelters only the necessary area

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Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

At this year's Solar Decathlon event, Team Paris will unveil an innovative new urban living concept: plug-in housing. Live Lib is a community of plug-in capsule homes that share energy provided and

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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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Team Austria’s LISI House Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

Team Austria’s LISI House Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

The top 3 homes of this year's competition: 1. Team Austria: Vienna University of Technology - LISI Home 2. Team Las Vegas: University of Nevada Las Vegas - DesertSol Home 3. Team Czech Republic:

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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Team Czech Republic’s AIR House Wins the Architecture Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Team Czech Republic’s AIR House Wins the Architecture Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Team Czech Republic's AIR House earned a score of 98 out of a possible 100 points to win the contest. Architectural juror Richard Swett, CEO and co-founder of Climate PROSPERITY Enterprise Solutions,

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Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

The five points of InSiteful design include: create a walkable community, provide ample social space, centralize energy systems to reduce waste and enhance efficiency, engage the street and use local

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar Decathlon House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar Decathlon House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

The team includes students from three neighboring universities: the University of Louisville, Ball State University, and the University of Kentucky. Each of the universities provided a special kind of

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UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

The UNC Charlotte team is calling their UrbanEden "a tree planted in the forest of the city." The Solar Decathlon home is designed for Charlotte’s temperate climate and increasingly urban lifestyle and

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Team Norwich Delta’s T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides All-Weather Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

Team Norwich Delta’s T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides All-Weather Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

The Delta T-90 design is all about providing a sustainable dwelling that provides maximum interior comfort for residents despite extreme temperatures on the exterior, and all at an affordable cost. At the

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Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

This is the Missouri Team’s fifth Solar Decathlon competition. In fact, they are the only team worldwide to have been accepted into five of the six U.S. Department of Energy intercollegiate architecture

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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Like all of the Solar Decathlon homes, the Radiant House takes its energy from the ubiquitous California sun vis–à–vis a 7.14kW solar array attached to an innovative rooftop racking system. That

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