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Solar Decathlon, SDE 2012, Solar Decathlon Europe, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, Madrid, clean tech, solar power, Canopea, Team Rhone-Alpes, France, architecture competition

The top six homes in the final results of the 2012 European Solar Decathlonare:

1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes 2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia 3. MED in Italy by Team Italy 4. ECOLAR by Team Germany 5. Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University 6. ODOO Project by Team Hungary

In the first week of the 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid, competition was touch and go, but with their stunning solar Canopea house the students from France have kept a fairly constant lead since winning the architecture and operations categories. Not only has with their stunning solar Canopea House! demonstrated remarkable engineering skills, but they’ve displayed consistent leadership in virtually every category.

Team Rhône-Alpes received a whopping 120 points for architecture, 116.85 for functionality and 86.70 for sustainability for the two-story Canopea home prototype topped by a crown of PV panels. However, Team Rhône-Alpes’ specially designed ‘nanotower concept’ could scale up both horizontally and vertically to create whole neighborhoods of Canopeas, which is something that the judges took into consideration. The final scores haven’t been released yet, but since today’s win hinged on innovation, we’re not at all surprised to see the team from France take first place. Congratulations to Team Rhône-Alpes for their much-deserved win!

+ Canopea by Team Rhône-Alpes

+ Solar Decathlon on Inhabitat