German university wins architecture contest in Solar Decathlon

The German Technische Universität Darmstadt took an early lead on Monday, Oct. 15, in the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon by winning the architecture contest—the first of 10 contests—receiving 193.25 points out of a possible 200 points.

10/16/2007


The German Technische Universität Darmstadt took an early lead on Monday, Oct. 15, in the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon by winning the architecture contest—the first of 10 contests—receiving 193.25 points out of a possible 200 points.

The Solar Decathlon is a competition where 20 university-led teams from across the United States, and from Canada, Germany, and Spain, are competing to design, build, and operate the most attractive, functional, and energy-efficient solar-powered home.

“Winning one of the most challenging contests in the Solar Decathlon is a major feat,” said assistant secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Andy Karsner.e energy.”

The 10 contests that make up the Solar Decathlon measure many aspects of a home’s performance and appearance.up to 100 points, measure performance and award points daily through the competition on: lighting, communications, comfort zone, appliances, hot water, energy balance, and getting around.

 

The communications contest, worth 100 points, will be announced today on the National Mall in the solar village.

Held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., DOE’s Solar Decathlon is open to the public through Saturday, Oct. 20. www.solardecathlon.org .





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