Team Ontario wins 2013 Solar Decathlon engineering category

Results for the final juried Engineering competition category of the 2013 Solar Decathlon were recently announced. Team Ontario (Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College) placed first.

“Team Ontario revealed a complete understanding of building science, a very good building envelope for the target climate, and excellent integration of passive and active strategies,” said Engineering Contest juror Kent W. Peterson of P2S Engineering. “We believe this team best demonstrated design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.”

Second place in Engineering went to the Czech Technical University from the Czech Republic. Three teams shared third place: Team Austria from Vienna University of Technology, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Engineering Contest jurors evaluate each house’s energy-efficiency savings, creative design innovations, and the functionality and reliability of each system.

The winner of the Solar Decathlon is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency, and in overall results, Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology won the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The first-time US competitor consistently wowed juries with its LISI house, after winning first place in the Communications Contest, second place in Market Appeal, and tying for third place in Engineering. In measured contests, Team Austria received first place in both the Hot Water and Energy Balance contests.

University of Las Vegas Nevada took second place in the overall competition, and Czech Technical University received third place.

Team Alberta from the University of Calgary EVDS placed 9th overall and tied for the highest scores in the Hot Water and Energy Balance contests.

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