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University of Florida Wins Communications and Social Awareness Contest at Solar Decathlon Europe

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The award ceremonies continue in Solar Decathlon Europe’s Villa Solar. This afternoon, the Communications and Social Awareness award was presented to the University of Florida for its solar house, RE:FOCUS.

The minute the University of Florida team members welcomed me into their house for a tour, I felt appreciated as a guest. They seemed so happy folks were there and enjoyed explaining the wonderful features of their traditional Florida house. Unbiased as I am, I really feel they deserve the Communications and Social Media award. Congratulations to Florida!

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and Fanchhoschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin were awarded second and third place, respectively.

The scores in the Communications and Social Media contest were:

Rank Team Score
1 University of Florida 72
2 Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 68.8
3 Fanchhoschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin 64
4 École National Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble 56
5 Aalto University Finland 53.3
6 Bergische Universität Wuppertal 40
6 University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim 40
6 University of Nottingham 40
6 Universidad de Valladolid 40
6 Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences 40
11 Tongji University Shanghai 36.8
12 Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña 29.3
12 Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera 29.3
14 Universidad de Sevilla 22.9
15 Arts et Métiers Paris Tech 21.8
16 Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña 18.6
17 Tianjin University 11

Jane Kolleeny, Javier Gregori, and Miguel Ángel Valladares were the jury members in this contest. They evaluated how well the teams communicated the benefits of solar energy, the energy efficiency of their house, and sustainability.

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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