Gallery: Stunning FabLab Passive House Unveiled at Europe’s Solar Decat...


The European Solar Decathlon kicked off this past Friday, and Inhabitat was on the scene to bring you the world’s most stunning sun-powered homes as they go head-to-head in this year’s competition. One of our favorites so far is the FabLab House, a solar panel-covered passive building designed by a team from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – read on for an exclusive first look!

The prefabricated wood FabLab house features a photovoltaic skin that is customized for Madrid’s unique solar resources. It is built on three legs and has space underneath for natural ventilation and a shaded patio. FabLab also features smart energy and temperature-monitoring systems, a garden, and a rainwater collection system on its roof.

The European Solar Decathlon, a counterpart to the U.S-based decathlon, challenges entrants to design homes for specific climates and resources. We think the sleek FabLab succeeded on all counts. Stay tuned — more Inhabitat coverage of the Madrid-based European Solar Decathlon is coming soon!

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    we are an experimental center from university buenos aires .INterested in partnerships with decathlon groups join our programrebuilding Haiti just now

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