A tour of the 2013 Solar Decathlon winner
College students from around the world designed and built incredible, sustainable homes that people would actually want to live in for the Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon. And after 10 days of intense competition in Irvine, Calif., the home built by students at the Vienna University of Technology has been declared the first-place winner.
The house, named LISI (Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation), is tricked out with a rooftop solar photovoltaic system capable of generating more power than it requires over the course of a year; two high-efficiency, air-water pumps for space heating and cooling; and a heat-recovering shower tray, among other high-tech innovations — all of which are controlled and monitored from a tablet app. Built from eco-friendly timber, it also features automated screens and awnings and a patio herb garden watered by a rainwater reservoir.
Check out some of the other competitors, then see what made LISI house stand out:
Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com. More Lindsay Abrams.
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