Over the past week, the scoreboards of the European Solar Decathlon have been lighting up, and Team Andalucian's Patio 2.12 house has found itself sitting pretty in second place. First place prizes in each Energy Efficiency, Innovation, Balance of Electricity and Communication -- not to mention a second place win for Sustainability -- have made the 2.12 a real contender at this year's Solar Decathlon. With 791.97 points in tow, they are certainly giving first place team Rhones-Alpes a reason to shake behind their solar panels! The house consists of four separate prefabricated modules built around an interior courtyard. Privacy for the inhabitants is clearly a fundamental part of the design, but the roof and walls of the inner courtyard are strategically designed to allow plenty of light into the building. The house is built on a plinth (so that the it can be removed from any site without leaving a footprint), and it comes complete with a PV array and a novel air conditioning system.
Four Andalucian Universities used their combined talents to design and construct the Patio 2.12 entry for the European Solar Decathlon. The delightful courtyard at its center creates a very relaxing and habitable environment, as well as acting as the point at which the other modules join together. The prefabricated design of the structure allows for a large amount of input into the final design prior to construction from architects and clients alike. And as proven at the Villa Solar, it can be completed in under two weeks.
As the building sits on a plinth as oppose to standard foundation, this opens up further possibilites as a temporary structure on work sites, schools or even disaster zones. When dismantled, the structure would leave no lasting footprint which is a plus in terms of the Cradle to Cradle it embodies.
As the teams have been awarded points for four out of the ten events making up the Decathlon thus far, this construction sits in third place overall. Our coverage from the Villa Solar will continue through the week, so keep checking back to see how the competition progresses!