This past Sunday (Oct. 13th, 2013) marked the closing of this year's U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. Nineteen teams of college students from around the world had gathered in Orange County's Great Park in Irvine, CA to compete for their chance to win this competition.
Teams were judged in ten different mini competitions, all of which looked for different aspects of the houses, such as Architecture, Market Appeal, Affordability, and Comfort Zone. Although there was recognition for winning the individual competitions, only the top three teams could claim having won the overall competition trophies.
In the end, the top three had to have successfully balanced energy production and consumption, built a house that was not only cost effective but also easy to live in, maintained a comfortable indoor living condition, supplied enough energy to run modern appliance and provide sufficient hot water for a family to use.
By the end of the weekend LISI, aka Team Austria, had taken the number one spot.