Gallery: Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 European Solar Decathl...

 
The Lumenhaus Solar Decathlon team.

This the second time in one year that the team from Virginia Tech has competed with the Lumenhaus. Back at the US Solar Decathlon in October, the team finished 13th overall out of 20 teams with 704 points. In the ensuing months between October and May, the team tweaked and improved their overall design and even had a test run in Times Square before crossing the pond to Madrid. The design of the Lumenhaus is fantastic and was well received in DC as well as Madrid, taking home first place for architecture in a three-way tie and receiving a maximum of 120 points.

However overall, the Lumenhaus didn’t blow away their competitors in the other nine contests. Their well-roundedness is what brought home the win for Virginia Tech, although the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim was hot on their heels with their IKAROS House and only lost by a single point. Jurors decided that the architecture of Lumenhaus was stronger than the IKAROS House, which earned them enough points to clinch the win. The IKAROS house earned superior marks for electricity balance and the use of their solar system.

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  1. elma October 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

    IM interest on the cost of building houses like that in the Philippines were there is plenty of sun

  2. SPG Architects Design O... August 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    [...] many green building strategies. Most notably, the home is totally net-zero and features a large pv system on the roof that supplies the majority of its year-round power needs. During the rainy season a [...]

  3. SPG Architects Design O... August 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    [...] many green building strategies. Most notably, the home is totally net-zero and features a large pv system on the roof that supplies the majority of its year-round power needs. During the rainy season a [...]

  4. melissa d king July 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Bravo to the Lumenhaus! I was lucky enough to attend Solar Decathlon Europe, and Va Tech\\\’s entry definitely stood out. The students stayed focused throughout the competition and pressed on to win! Go Hokies!

  5. BitterDecathlete June 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    If I were European, I\’d be pissed. It was supposed to be that the winner of the 2009 US competition would be allowed to compete again in Europe, but VT said they\’d only compete in ours if they could again in Europe, which means they had time to perfect etc etc, which is a really unfair advantage.

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