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Counter Entropy, RWTH Aachen University, 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe, Madrid, green design, Germany, sustainable design, eco-design, passive design, photovoltaic panels, recycled materials

Counter Entropy also experimented with a range of unique energy generating and saving systems, including the transfer of heat flow through carrier-fluids. As a result of this innovation, no thermodynamic cycle is needed and only the circulation pumps require electrical energy. A thermal cooling system also distinguishes this home from other entries that rely exclusively on photovoltaic cells for energy generation.

The decor is really inspiring, especially since so many of the materials used are recycled. Pull out any drawer and the inside will be covered differently, as all storage materials were harvested from bulk rubbish. Light changes frequently thanks to the revolving waterproof curtain that responds to the changing conditions outside and a cantilevering roof provides shade, further bolstering the home’s energy efficiency. This team definitely didn’t play it safe, and we expect they will score big marks for innovation.

+ Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University

+ Solar Decathlon Coverage on Inhabitat