Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

Adam Williams | Gizmag | July 14 2014

The results are finally in for this year’s European Solar Decathlon competition. The Rhome for denCity project, by Italy’s Team Rhome, has been declared the overall competition winner, while second and third places go to Philéas by France’s Atlantic Challenge, and Prêt-à-Loger by Dutch team TU Delft, respectively. Gizmag was in Paris over the weekend to take a closer look at the prototype sustainable houses.

The winning spot was closely-fought and little separated the top three, points-wise. Rhome for denCity scored a total of 840.63 points out of a maximum 1,000, just edging out Philéas, which grabbed 839.75 points. Third-place Prêt-à-Loger, meanwhile, lagged slightly further behind with 837.87 points.

Rhome for denCity, by Italy's Team Rhome  (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Rhome for denCity, by Italy’s Team Rhome (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

As we previously reported, the Rhome for denCity project by Team Rhome consists of a prototype top floor apartment that’s part of a four-story housing complex destined for the Tor Fiscale district in Rome.

The European Solar Decathlon judges were clearly impressed with its use of adjustable solar panels, passive ventilation, and expandable design, and it serves as a potential blueprint for future sustainable urban housing projects of a similar nature.

Phileas, by France's team Atlantic Challenge (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Phileas, by France’s team Atlantic Challenge (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)


Continue reading to see the full gallery of winning designs


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