Gallery: Super-Efficient MED in Italy House Takes the Lead at the 2012 ...

At press time, Rome's super efficient MED in Italy house was in first place at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe competition, leading the Para Eco-House by a couple of points. Of course, this can change on a near hourly basis, but the Italian group's efforts to ensure the best energy and material performance are already beginning to pay off. From the outside, a protective shield makes the home look rather unremarkable, but step past it into a leafy central courtyard and you'll feel like you've entered a whole new world.

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