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German surPLUShome Wins Solar Decathlon

Team Germany has emerged victorious in the Solar Decathlon, a competition to design a comfortable and efficient house of the future. Their...


Team Germany has emerged victorious in the Solar Decathlon, a competition to design a comfortable and efficient house of the future.Their surPLUShome is, in essence, a two-story cube covered in solar panels. Inside there aren't any closed-off "rooms"-just one continuous space. It's sort of reminiscent of the obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it produces three times as much energy as it uses. This same team won the last Solar Decathlon in 2007. Germany has been taking energy efficiency seriously for a while now-their Passivhaus green building standard is much more rigorous than LEED-and it's paying off.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrPYOIL28DwTeam Illinois got second place and Team California (the early favorite) came in third. All the results are here.Via Archinect
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