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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Wins People’s Choice Award

Sunday, October 13, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

The people have spoken. Today, UrbanEden, the solar-powered house from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 People’s Choice Award.

This award gives the public the opportunity to vote for its favorite house, and solar decathletes from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte accepted the award at a private Victory Reception at Hangar 244 in the Orange County Great Park—the last official event of Solar Decathlon 2013.

Photo of the interior of UrbanEden.

UrbanEden, which was built by students from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, won the Solar Decathlon 2013 People’s Choice Award. (Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Designed as an urban infill project, UrbanEden has a variety of sustainability features, such as thermal mass, passive solar, and radiant energy as well as unique technologies that demonstrated true innovation, including radiant geopolymer concrete walls, movable photovoltaic shading, and a nighttime radiation emitter.

These technologies helped the team win a third-place award in the Engineering Contest. But what wins the People’s Choice Award is capturing the hearts of visitors. And their house is beautiful, with its light-filled rooms that open to a garden-rimmed outdoor deck, laminated bamboo cabinetry and paneling, and continuous ash flooring.

UrbanEden is a house people can imagine themselves living in. A house that could easily become a home.

See a virtual tour of UrbanEden and learn more about the house and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte team.

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3 Responses to “The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Wins People’s Choice Award”

  1. Jeff Balmer Says:

    Congratulations Team UrbanEden! You’ve made all of us at UNC Charlotte very proud!

  2. IntusWindows Says:

    The biggest wishes from Intus Windows. We hope our product had input in winning this award. You guys did great and best of luck for you next year!

  3. elizabethh Says:

    congratulations. you did a very good job.

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