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Germany, Solar Decathlon, SDE 2012, ECOLAR, photovoltaic panels, energy efficiency, modular design, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, Madrid, prefab

Even though ECOLAR is a veritable solar powerhouse, that hasn’t prevented the team from Germany from maximizing the home’s energy efficiency. Why waste energy, even if it is renewable, right? Enriched clay plates on the roof absorb heat and regulate temperature, and the Lucido facade has more or less the same capability. The SDE 2012 entry has six modules, four of which are interior and two form patios, but the design can be as small or large as the customer wants. Everything can be customized, including columns, walls, windows and even the roof.

In order to achieve this kind of flexibility, the construction has to be enormously precise – which may well be the German team’s most impressive selling point. ECOLAR is more than just a home, according to the team. It’s a philosophy that strives to maximize each home’s ecologic, economic, modular and solar design. Oh, and did we mention that they have incorporated a wastewater treatment system as well? Yup. They have covered the bases and we can’t wait to see the home in person.