Gallery: Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Effi...

Over the past week, the scoreboards of the European Solar Decathlon have been lighting up, and Team Andalucian's Patio 2.12 house has found itself sitting pretty in second place. First place prizes in each Energy Efficiency, Innovation, Balance of Electricity and Communication -- not to mention a second place win for Sustainability -- have made the 2.12 a real contender at this year's Solar Decathlon. With 791.97 points in tow, they are certainly giving first place team Rhones-Alpes a reason to shake behind their solar panels! The house consists of four separate prefabricated modules built around an interior courtyard. Privacy for the inhabitants is clearly a fundamental part of the design, but the roof and walls of the inner courtyard are strategically designed to allow plenty of light into the building. The house is built on a plinth (so that the it can be removed from any site without leaving a footprint), and it comes complete with a PV array and a novel air conditioning system.

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