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Team Australia, Takes 1st Place-Solar Decathlon China 2013!

Team UOW, from Australia approached the Solar Decathlon China in a way that is innovative and fresh. The team chose to retrofit a house instead of building a new one. Their objective was to make an old building as energy efficient as a new one, and they succeeded brilliantly.

Congratulations to Team UOW and all the contestants of the first Solar Decathlon in China. Richard King, the director and creator of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is at the competition, the following is from his update.

Australia Decathlon China

Screen view from the video

Team UOW from the University of Wollongong in Australia held the winning trophy high this morning. The team rejoiced in a remarkable victory. It was the first time a retrofitted home was entered in a decathlon.

Instead of designing and building a new house from the ground up, they took an old house and refurbished it.  They added new insulation to the walls and attic, new windows and changed some of the interior rooms for more functionality.

Australia Decathlon China

Screen view from the video

Australia Decathlon ChinaThe end result was a modern, very energy efficient house that won the praise of everyone who goes into it – especially the jurors.  This morning they also won first place in Architecture and Solar Application!

I will remember them as the team from down under who always greeted you with a friendly “G’day mate”.

Team Photos—UOW | Solar Decathlon China

Team SCUT from South China University of Technology took second place!

They moved ahead of Sweden with their near perfect performance.  Team SCUT received the highest score in four of the performance based competitions: Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment and Energy Balance.  They also won third place in the Architecture contest. The team was overjoyed and so happy to take a top honor.  I am sure people everywhere in China are proud of this team.

Team Sweden from the Chalmers University of Technology won third place.

They were in the top of the standings all through the competition and finished with a strong performance.  I loved the way you had to put your shoes in a basket by the door before entering their house.  After touring the house, your shoes were in a basket by the back door.  The house designed by Team Sweden for college students was enjoyed by all.

Meet Team UOW Australia-Solar Decathlon China 2013

This video was included in: Team China Moves Into 1st Place at Solar Decathlon China. Check it out if you missed that story. 

As a proud employee of the U.S. Department of Energy, I couldn’t be happier. We nurtured this event in America, watched it grow in Europe, and witnessed it reach new heights here in China. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion.

I want to thank everyone involved in making the first Solar Decathlon China a success.

The National Energy Administration, the City of Datong, sponsors, students, faculty, and the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly, thank you so much.

And to the student decathletes especially, I leave these parting words.

It takes creativity to design a decathlon house.  Strength to build it.  Ingenuity to power it.  And perseverance to get it here.

Leaders make that happen.

I know there is more greatness in you, so don’t stop being a leader.

Good bye and best wishes, –Richard King, U.S. Department of Energy.

Mark your calendar! 

The teams for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 will show their houses October 3–13, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

By Amber Archangel

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