The sun is shining brightly on UOW Australia, the proud winner of the 2013 Solar Decathlon China! Their entry, the Illawarra Flame House, is the first retrofitted structure to be entered into the competition. The post-war "Fibro" house took top honors for its net-zero, water-conserving design. Built to Living Building Challenge standards, the dwelling features a 9.4 kW photovoltaic array, greywater treatment and rainwater capture systems, a garden, skylights, and ample ventilation. All materials are low in VOC content and come primarily from recycled sources.
For the first time in the competition’s history, a retrofitted structure takes top honors at the Solar Decathlon. The modern, stylish interior is surrounded by double glazed windows, advanced insulation, recycled glass, low-carbon cement, and crushed terracotta roof tiles taken from the original house. Instead of three bedrooms, one room is designed as an open living and dining area that allows natural light to enter the space.
The Illawarra Flame House is joined by South China University of Technology (SCUT) in second place and Sweden from the Chalmers University of Technologyin taking third. SCUT also won third in the Architecture contest and received the highest score in four of the performance based competitions (Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment and Energy Balance).
Congratulations to the team from UOW and their win!