Winners of the Solar Decathlon at the Great Park

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition at the Irvine Great Park wrapped up on Saturday 10/12/13 with announcements of the winners. "At each Solar Decathlon, we say that everyone is a winner, but this year it’s more true than ever. All the houses are impressive. As a result, the juries have issued more ties in their evaluations than ever before" (Solar Decathlon, 2013).

Congratulations everyone on a successful year. See you all in 2014.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Wins People’s Choice Award 

By Solar Decathlon

The people have spoken. Today, UrbanEden, the solar-powered house from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 People’s Choice Award.

This award gives the public the opportunity to vote for its favorite house, and solar decathletes from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte accepted the award at a private Victory Reception at Hangar 244 in the Orange County Great Park—the last official event of Solar Decathlon 2013.DecPhoto

UrbanEden, which was built by students from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, won the Solar Decathlon 2013 People’s Choice Award. (Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Designed as an urban infill project, UrbanEden has a variety of sustainability features, such as thermal mass, passive solar, and radiant energy as well as unique technologies that demonstrated true innovation, including radiant geopolymer concrete walls, movable photovoltaic shading, and a nighttime radiation emitter.

These technologies helped the team win a third-place award in the Engineering Contest. But what wins the People’s Choice Award is capturing the hearts of visitors. And their house is beautiful, with its light-filled rooms that open to a garden-rimmed outdoor deck, laminated bamboo cabinetry and paneling, and continuous ash flooring.

UrbanEden is a house people can imagine themselves living in. A house that could easily become a home.

See a virtual tour of UrbanEden and learn more about the house and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte team.

Vienna University of Technology Wins Solar Decathlon 2013!

By Solar Decathlon

Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology has won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.

The first-time U.S. competitor consistently wowed juries with its LISI house, after winning first place in the Communications Contest, 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.

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

The winner of the Solar Decathlon is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Results for the final juried contest, Engineering, were announced today prior to the overall competition winners. Team Ontario (Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College) placed first.

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Team Austria’s LISI house is the winner of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.

(Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

“Team Ontario revealed a complete understanding of building science, a very good building envelope for the target climate, and excellent integration of passive and active strategies,” said Engineering Contest juror Kent W. Peterson of P2S Engineering. “We believe this team best demonstrated design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.”

Second place in Engineering 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

The Engineering Contest jurors evaluate each house’s energy-efficiency savings, creative design innovations, and the functionality and reliability of each system.

Ontario

The Engineering Contest first-place winner is Team Ontario

(Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College).

(Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

See the Solar Decathlon website for final scoring results.

(src:http://www.solardecathlon.gov/blog/archives/category/solar-decathlon/solar-decathlon-2013)