Solar Decathlon Kicks Off With The Homes Of The Future

By Meera Dolasia on June 21, 2010

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On Friday June 18th, Europe's first Solar Decathlon, a competition to see who can build the most efficient and eco-powered home, kicked off amidst much fanfare at the Villa Solar near Madrid's Royal Palace.

Open to Universities all across the world,  the competition involves pre-constructing a life-size green home and then assembling it at the competition venue. Once assembled, the teams have to live in the homes for the entire nine days to demonstrate its effectiveness and efficiency.

As the name indicates, each home is judged on ten areas including affordability, innovative architecture, integration of technological components and ability to produce the energy required to operate the home. The inaugural European event has attracted seventeen teams, including five from Spain and two apiece from the United Kingdomand the USA.

The European competition is based on a similar one held at the National Mall in Washington D.C. The biennial event, sponsored by Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, allows 20 entrants and lasts for three weeks.

Held since 2002, it is extremely popular with both competitors and audience. The Washington D.C. competitions attracts over 100,000 people each year, who not only get a glimpse of what the future home may look like, but also, take home ideas about how to become a little more green in their current homes. After the competition, a few homes are sold to recoup the costs or raise money for future competitions. However, most of them are proudly displayed at University campuses.

sources:solardecathalon.gov, wikipedia.og,inhabitat.com

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  • bob2/28/2014
    not cool @ all
    • cornelll
      cornelll4/16/2013
      My dad was going to be a decathlete
      • laurareeves04
        Miss Reeves6/27/2012
        Cool
        • bon ShI sH3/13/2012
          tote awe lik omg i tote wnt 1 of thz.......
          • savior1/9/2012
            coolio
            • savior1/9/2012
              coolio
              • tiki
                tiki11/14/2011
                cool
                • missbadawy
                  missbadawy11/9/2011
                  Pretty Cool.
                  • megan9/7/2011
                    this is going to be my current event
                    • John8/13/2011
                      I like the third house!^^

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