The results are in for another contest at Solar Decathlon 2011 and the winner of the architecture phase is the University of Maryland with WaterShed.  Team New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) took second place with First Light, and Appalachian State University took third place with the Solar Homestead.

Michelle Kaufmann, an architect at Michelle Kaufmann Studio and the author of Prefab Green, said, “The top three projects span the globe; each celebrating its unique regional influences and climatic differences,” according to the Department of Energy.

The jury evaluated projects for the following elements:

  • Architectural elements – the scale and proportion of room and facade features, indoor/outdoor connections, composition and linking of various house elements;
  • Holistic design – an architectural design that will be comfortable for occupants and compatible with the surrounding environment;
  • Lighting – assessing the integration and energy efficiency of electrical and natural light;
  • Inspiration-  as reflected in a design that inspires and delights Solar Decathlon visitors; and
  • Documentation – the drawings, a project manual, and an audiovisual architecture presentation that accurately reflect the constructed project on the competition site.

The Solar Decathlon has a total of 10 contests, of which five are juried and five are measured or evaluated on other metrics.  The affordability contest produced two teams with full points of 100.  At the end of all 10 contests, the team with the highest score will win the competition.

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Credits: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy.