published: 12.10.2013, 19:52 | updated: 12.10.2013 20:25:46
Los Angeles - The energy-efficient AIR House project of students of the Czech Technical University (CVUT) in Prague has won the architecture category in the Solar Decathlon contest held in California, the organisers have announced on its website today.
The total winner is to be announced later tonight.
The Czech team is placed fourth out of 20 university teams in preliminary standing led by Austrians.
Architecture is one of ten disciplines in the Solar Decathlon content that has been organised by the U.S. Department of Energy every other year since 2002.
University teams are to propose and create energy efficient houses using solar radiation as the source.
In the architecture part, the jury focused not only on particular architectonic elements, lighting and the use of natural light but also on how the project can inspire the visitors to the event and on the project documentation.
The Czechs received 98 points out of 100 in this discipline.
"The victory in Architecture is a great satisfaction to our team. This is a discipline we care about a lot and in which we had a strong competition," the project authors write on their website.
The jury praised their AIR House as a unique and beautiful experience and at the same time a simple and pure solution.
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