A Look At Solar Decathlon’s ‘People’s Choice’

Take nothing away from Team Austria – across the full range of categories that comprise the Solar Decathlon competition, their LISI House, featuring what we called “a pure open plan where the living, dining and kitchen areas seamlessly connect to the north and south patios, essentially creating one giant room that can be fully-exposed and filled with fresh air,” was the deserving winner. But while the Austrians were impressing the judges and their finely honed sense of what makes for great sustainable design, it was the team from the University of North arolina at Charlotte that was wowing the crowd, winning the People’s Choice Award. “What wins the People’s Choice Award is capturing the hearts of visitors,”  event organizers aid, adding that the North Carolina “house is beautiful, with its light-filled rooms that open to a garden-rimmed outdoor deck, laminated bamboo cabinetry and paneling, and continuous ash flooring.” Check out this photo gallery and see what you think.


Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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