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Virginia Tech Takes the Lead at Solar Decathlon Europe

Monday, June 21, 2010

Virginia Tech is in first place at Solar Decathlon Europe—and it was judged first in the Architecture contest! What a busy weekend for the Virginia decathletes. They worked their way up from third place on Saturday to take first place Sunday based on solid performance in the measured contests. Lumenhaus has performed almost perfectly so far.

Over the weekend, the Architecture jury spent a half hour in each of the 17 houses to evaluate their designs. The Architecture contest is worth 120 points—the most of any of the 10 contests. At 9 p.m. on Sunday, the jury announced the first-, second-, and third-place houses. When Virginia Tech was announced as one of the first-place teams, the decathletes jumped for joy in sweet celebration! (So did I!)

The jury announced several ties, including three first-place teams. The Spanish organizers’ press announcement included the following:

Aalto University Finland, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University tie for first place for architecture.

Three universities have achieved the maximum number of points in the Architecture contest and are the winners of this prize. The team from Aalto University Finland and that of Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña together with Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University received their trophies at an award ceremony held at the Villa Solar.

The classification of the Architecture contest is as follows:

Rank Team Score
1 Aalto University Finland 120
1 Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña 120
1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 120
4 Bergische Universität Wuppertal 108
4 Ecole National Supérieure d`Architecture de Grenoble 108
6 University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim 96
6 Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera 96
8 Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences 84
8 Universidad de Sevilla 84
10 Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña 78
10 Fachochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin 78
12 Arts et Métiers Paris Tech 72
12 University of Florida 72
12 University of Nottingham 72
12 Tongji University Shanghai 72
16 Universidad de Valladolid 66
17 Tianjin University 60

For more information, see the Solar Decathlon Europe Web site.

Richard King is the director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Throughout the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon organizers are reporting from Madrid.

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