Vienna University wins Solar Decathlon 2013

Team Austria from the local Vienna University of Technology has won this year’s  Energy Solar Decathlon 2013!

The U.S. Department of Energy has been running the  Solar Decathlon since 2002; each year 20 per-selected University teams build up their proposed building solutions which are then tested for 10 consecutive days.
The Austrian Team’s  “LISI” houseis this year’s winning entry – and it is described as: LISI (“Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation”) is an ecological two-person house, which was designed according to aesthetic principles for a life in communion with nature. Two patios organize space, thus creating a balance between inside and outside. Flexible architectural layers, the boundaries between inside, half indoor, half-outdoor and outdoor public space are fluid and flexible and adaptable to all needs of the user.

The Austrian team consistently wowed juries with its LISI house, after winning first place in the Communications Contest, tying for second place in Market Appeal, and tying for third place in Engineering.  In measured contests, Team Austria received first place in both the Hot Water and Energy Balance contests. The winner blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.co2.gif

Second in the overall competition came the University of Las Vegas Nevada, and Czech Technical University received third place.

Results for the Engineering Contest were announced prior to the overall competition winners. The Engineering Contest jurors evaluate each house’s energy-efficiency savings, creative design innovations, and the functionality and reliability of each system Team Ontario (Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College) placed first, second place went to Czech Technical University from the Czech Republic. Three teams shared third place: Team Austria from Vienna University of Technology, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and University of Nevada Las Vegas.

REEEP finds the results of the solar decathlon interesting and relevant because it’s yet another focus on efficient building, something that has a high priority for REEEP. For example, REEEP partners with the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) and both are currently engaged in an intervention named “10 bn m²” of energy positive and affordable housing, with a focus on the fast-growing cities like those of China and India.

Competition such as those one will help to further increase the number of smart, energy-positive buildings and also contribute towards making them more affordable.

See the Solar Decathlon website for final scoring results.

Also check out an interview with Team Austria: Solar Decathlon 2013: Austria

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