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Energy-Efficient Buildings: Austrian Students Compete for Solar Decathlon 2013

Support the team Austria in Irvine, CA
August 22, 2013

Austria is a leading country in the field of sustainable construction and solar energy technologies and has the highest density of passive houses worldwide. But not many people know that. So why not choose one of the most outstanding challenges in the world to show Austrian know-how in an international arena?

The "Solar Decathlon " hosted by the US Department of Energy (DoE) is a biennial competition for collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses. The aim of this award-winning program is to promote the application of solar technologies in buildings. Twenty teams have the opportunity to demonstrate their ideas of a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive building powered by the sun. During some 10 days, the buildings will be open to the public and are judged by a jury in 10 different areas such as architecture, energy balance, comfort zone, etc. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

In January 2012, the DoE had reviewed 130 applications and selected 20 university teams to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2013, to be held in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Team Austria, led by the Vienna University of Technology , was invited to SD 2013 as one of only two European teams (the other being from the Czech Republic). Karin Stieldorf , project leader of Team Austria, has been researching and teaching the topics of the Solar Decathlon for many years: "It is very important for me to establish the connection between energy efficiency and design and to sensitize future architects to sustainability issues. We participate in the Solar Decathlon competition, as I am convinced that we are able to compete with the best."

LISI – The House
The LISI House.Sponsored mainly by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) within the Research and Technology Program "Building of Tomorrow ," Team Austria has developed the Austrian project "LISI " during recent months. The building concept is based on three pillars: sustainable design, renewable energy, and ecologically acceptable materials. In coordination with passive solar strategies, .... read the article its entire length here. .

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