Affordability And Market Appeal Solar Decathlon Winners!

by Amber Archangel

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Solar Decathlon 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013. Irvine, California

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

At an awards ceremony on October 10, 2013, winners of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Affordability and Market Appeal contests took center stage by demonstrating that innovative, energy-efficient houses can be cost-effective and appealing to a variety of target markets, reports Solar Decathlon. The following is from the Solar Decathlon blog:

Affordability and Market Appeal Contest Winners Announced!

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Photo of the front facade of the DesertSol. | The University of Nevada Las Vegas won first place in the Solar Decathlon 2013 Market Appeal Contest. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Three teams tied for first place in the Affordability Contest by earning the full 100 points for achieving a target construction cost of $250,000 or less.

The winners are:

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The Affordability Contest juror, Richard Anderson, left, speaks with Robert Best from Stanford University during the Affordability Contest walkthrough. | Photo credit: Eric Grigorian | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
  • Team Ontario from Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College took second place, $257,584
  • Middlebury College won third place in the Affordability Contest, $263,083

Professional estimator Rich Anderson of Faithful + Gould:

The winners of the Solar Decathlon 2013 Affordability Contest have demonstrated that innovation in sustainable building can be achieved and implemented in real-world application. These teams have delivered affordable, livable homes that are also attractive to everyday consumers.

In the Market Appeal Contest, the University of Nevada Las Vegas wowed the jury and took home first place for its house, DesertSol, which is designed as a luxurious desert vacation retreat for a middle-aged, middle-to-upper-income, active couple.

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Dining room in the DesertSol. | The University of Nevada Las Vegas won first place in the Solar Decathlon 2013 Market Appeal Contest.  | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Susan Aiello, founder and president of Interior Design Solutions and U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Market Appeal juror:

The Market Appeal jurors loved the design of this house. The look, the feel, the energy blew us away. Of all the houses we saw, we thought that DesertSol best met the needs and desires of its target market. I’d buy it!

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Bedroom in the DesertSol. | The University of Nevada Las Vegas won first place in the Solar Decathlon 2013 Market Appeal Contest.| Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The Market Appeal Contest evaluates the livability, marketability, and constructability of each house and its appeal within the housing market of the target client chosen by each team. The Market Appeal Jury, composed of professionals from the sustainable housing homebuilding industry, evaluated the responsiveness of the house designs to the characteristics and requirements of these target clients.

Stay tuned for the announcement of tomorrow’s winners in the Communications and Architecture contests.

The Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO are both taking place in Irvine, California through Sunday, October 13.

It’s FREE! Public hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:
  • Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Amber Archangel is an artist, painter, writer, interior designer, graphic designer, constant student of many studies and founder of 1Sun4All.com. Living with respect for the environment close at hand, the food chain, natural remedies for healing, the earth, people and animals is a life-long expression and commitment. As half of a home-building team, she helped design and build harmonious, sustainable and net-zero homes that incorporate clean air systems, passive and active solar energy as well as rainwater collection systems. Archangel is fond of private aviation, would love to fly in the solar airplane and install a wind turbine in her yard. She is a peaceful, courageous soul who believes that clean energy is helping our economy and helping our world; she enjoys contributing to this effort.

Architecture Contest At Solar Decathlon Won By Prague Team

by Amber Archangel

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The Czech Republic deck where visitors could write on the blackboard walls. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

Czech Technical University took first place in the highly competitive Architecture Contest and Vienna University of Technology received top honors in the Communications Contest on the morning of October 11, at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, reports Solar Decathlon. The following is from the Solar Decathlon blog:

European Teams Top Architecture and Communications Contests

A jury of professional architects determined the Architecture Contest winners by assessing each house’s architectural elements, environmental compatibility and occupant comfort, design inspiration, and construction specifications.

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Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The interior of  Czech Technical University’s AIR House, which won first place in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Architecture contest, incorporates warm and natural wood finishes to create a comfortable place to dwell and reenergize.

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The sleeping area in the Czech Republic AIR House. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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The bathroom in the Czech Republic AIR House. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Architecture Contest juror Richard N. Swett of Climate PROSPERITY Enterprise Solutions LLC:

The first-place winner, AIR House from Czech Technical University, provides a multitude of wonderful architectural experiences despite its simple and uncomplicated design. Using light and materials, this house creates a warm and inviting cocoon where indoor and outdoor living are intertwined with the elements of sun and nature.

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The wooden shower floor in the bathroom of the Czech Republic AIR House | Photo credit: Michael Batori

There were many audible ”oh’s” and “ah’s” when visitors who toured the house in our group, saw the bathroom in the AIR House. The combination of the team’s use of spruce — which is a native resource in the Czech Republic, with the clean, sleekness of the glass is very appealing. As in many of the competition houses, the floor of the shower is made from wood and is a greywater collection point.

Stevens Institute of Technology won second place in the Architecture Contest for its house, Ecohabit. Third place went to the University of Southern California for fluxHome.

For the Communications Contest, a jury of communications professionals evaluated each team’s website, public exhibit materials, public tours, and audiovisual presentation for clear and consistent messages, representative images, and creative audience engagement.

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Photo credit: Stefano Paltera | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Sandra Violand, architecture student at Vienna University of Technology, which won first place in the Communications Contest, offers the team’s handout to visitors at the entrance of the LISI house. Voiland also wears the handout, which not only offers information about the team’s Solar Decathlon entry but can also be folded into a wearable crown.

Communications Contest juror Mark Walhimer of Museum Planning LLC.:

As a second-time juror, I was blown away by the amount of work and creativity the 2013 entries showed in their communications efforts. The top teams represented a very high level of sophistication in their brand building.

Second place in the Communications Content went to University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Middlebury College took third place.

Walhimer said that the most successful teams in the Communications Contest were able to portray a lifestyle brand rather than merely conveying the technical features of their houses.

Engineering Contest results and the overall winner of Solar Decathlon 2013 will be announced tomorrow, Saturday, October 12.

The Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO are both taking place in Irvine, California through Sunday, October 13.

It’s FREE! Public hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:

  • Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2013

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This article, Architecture Contest At Solar Decathlon Won By Prague Team, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Amber Archangel is an artist, painter, writer, interior designer, graphic designer, constant student of many studies and founder of 1Sun4All.com. Living with respect for the environment close at hand, the food chain, natural remedies for healing, the earth, people and animals is a life-long expression and commitment. As half of a home-building team, she helped design and build harmonious, sustainable and net-zero homes that incorporate clean air systems, passive and active solar energy as well as rainwater collection systems. Archangel is fond of private aviation, would love to fly in the solar airplane and install a wind turbine in her yard. She is a peaceful, courageous soul who believes that clean energy is helping our economy and helping our world; she enjoys contributing to this effort.

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