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For the first time in the competition’s history, a retrofitted structure takes top honors at the Solar Decathlon. The modern, stylish interior is surrounded by double glazed windows, advanced insulation, recycled glass, low-carbon cement, and crushed terracotta roof tiles taken from the original house. Instead of three bedrooms, one room is designed as an open living and dining area that allows natural light to enter the space.

The Illawarra Flame House is joined by South China University of Technology (SCUT) in second place and Sweden from the Chalmers University of Technologyin taking third. SCUT also won third in the Architecture contest and received the highest score in four of the performance based competitions (Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment and Energy Balance).

Congratulations to the team from UOW and their win!