The winner of the 2010 European Solar Decathlon is Virginia Tech for the Lumenhaus!Over the last couple weeks we at Inhabitat watched the 2010 Solar Decathlon Design Competition roll out 17 fantastic solar-powered prefab homes, showing the world that completely self-sustaining shelters can easily become a reality if we invest in solar technology. Over one thousand students took part in this phenomenal architectural design-build competition which challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive to boot. A true test of durable, effective design , the students not only faced rigorous juried evaluation, but they were also confronted with several challenges posed by Mother Nature herself - including the relentless beating sun and a wild thunderstorm! An exhilarating race from start to finish, some houses fell behind the pack, while a clear group of winners gradually took the lead at the forefront, and now, we are thrilled to finally announce that the winner of this year’s Solar Decathlon Europe is Virginia Tech, for their luminous Lumenhaus!
The homes were packed all week with visitors who gazed at the unusually shaped Fablab house, doted over the cozy interior of the Luukku House, and reveled over the superior craftsmanship of the Bambu house. The 17 houses were probed, prodded, and evaluated on their form, function and innovation. A total of ten separate contests determined this year’s winner including: Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Solar Systems, Electrical Energy Balance, Comfort Conditions and Appliances, Communication and Social Awareness, Industrialization and Market Viability, Innovation and Sustainability.
In light of all the amazing entrants, what we have come to understand is that these are much more than solar homes – they are fully integrated systems able to perform all the functions related to comfort, health and aesthetic, without the harmful impact of fossil fuels dependence or the destruction of natural resources. Each home provides a powerful insight into how we can all thrive within the means of a sustainable world without giving up on any of the creature comforts of modern living. Inhabitat give cheers to all the schools and students who showed so much imagination and resolve during this competition!