Team Austria Named Overall Winner of Solar Decathlon 2013!

It’s all over folks! After nearly a year of anticipation and reporting on the dozens of teams who entered the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013, we finally have a winner!  Taking top honors for the best overall solar-powered home design is Team Austria’s LISI House ((Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation).

The team from Vienna University of Technology wanted to design a house that places a strong emphasis on outdoor living and social interaction. The result was 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. Craving some privacy? Just just pull closed the custom-designed exterior curtains.

Curious about which teams took top honors in individual categories? More Solar Decathlon 2013 results after the jump.

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Image via Team Austria

We had a feeling Team Austria would take top honors in Solar Decathlon 2013 after they pulled ahead by a few points in yesterday’s overall standings. The first-time U.S. competitor wowed jury after jury with its LISI house. Team Austria’s design took first place in the Communications Contest, tied for second place in Market Appeal, and tied for third place in Engineering. In measured contests, Team Austria received first place in both the Hot Water and Energy Balance contests, proving time and again that their home design presents the best of almost everything for sustainable homeowners.

University of Las Vegas Nevada’s DesertSol house took second place in the overall competition (as well as first place in Market Appeal) and Czech Technical University’s AIR house received third place overall.

Results for the final juried contest, Engineering, were also announced yesterday prior to the overall competition winners. Team Ontario (made up of students from Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College) placed first in Engineering.

See the Solar Decathlon website for final scoring results across all categories. Congratulations to all the architecture teams that competed!!

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog