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Ze Germans

Posted by Daniel Hall on October 20, 2007

Congrats to the German students who won the Solar Decathlon just held in DC! Via the AP:

A team of students from Germany’s Technische Universitat Darmstadt won a weeklong competition Friday on the National Mall for the best, most efficient and well-designed and -engineered solar home.

The competition attracted 20 universities, most from the United States. Other foreign competitors came from Canada and Spain. …

The German team was cited for it use of passive heating and cooling, photovoltaics and its smooth integration of technology into the overall design of the one-bedroom home. …

A team from the University of Maryland finished second and a team from Santa Clara University in California was third.

I didn’t make it down to the National Mall this last week to see the competitors. My roommate did, and he said that his personal favorite was the Santa Clara entry. Apparently they got docked quite a few points in the “Architecture” category for not being sufficiently avant-garde creative, but he said that if you didn’t care about living in a piece of modern art and you wanted a comfortable and functional living space they seemed the best to him.

One Response to “Ze Germans”

  1. Patrick said

    GO GERMANY!!!!! Zicke Zacke, Zicke Zacke HEU HEU HEU!!!! 🙂

    I did like them all. They probably chose Darmstadt to win because their house was built really solidly and you couldn’t tell where the solar panels were until you came up close and noticed that the slatted windows were actually the panels themselves. That said, I wasn’t too crazy about the flat roof design or that there was no real central area – there was the bathroom and kitchen cabinet taking up the whole center space….but overall, I was very impressed with what these universities have come up with.

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