Solar Decathlon 2013
Team Austria: Vienna University of Technology
Vienna University of Technology’s LISI House placed first overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The team also won first in the Communications Contest and tied for first in Hot Water, plus they earned second in Market Appeal and tied for third in Engineering.
After the Solar Decathlon, LISI (Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation) was reconstructed using swimming pontoons, allowing the house to float. The house currently floats in Blaue Lagune, a model home village just south of Vienna, Austria, which receives about 150,000 visitors per year. The home is located in the village’s “Architecture and Innovation” area, where it is open to the public. Visitors can enter the house through a connected dock and learn about the solar energy and energy efficiency technologies used in LISI.