Gallery: Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

Urcomante’s rooftop solar array produces an impressive 10 kWhrs of energy and also features evacuated tube hot water heaters. The side louvers can adjust to let the winter light in and block the harsh summer glare, and the inside is broken into six “modules” that can be reorganized to fit the occupants’ needs.

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!

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  1. Solar Decathlon House T... September 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    […] that will consume 90% less energy than a typical home for heating and cooling. Unlike some of the SD Houses, this net-zero house has a life beyond the competition — it will actually serve to shelter […]

  2. lola June 29, 2010 at 4:19 am

    I have a one caravan in a parcels up near Conil, Cádiz, Spain, and I would like have the house’s energy for the solar energy, but I don’t think what university near there could guide me abaout this system.

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