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Student Innovating Housing contest : France comes second

July 16, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Ottawa

The Solar Decathlon first prize has awarded an Italian project, "Rhome for Dencity" at the end of this student international competition, which aims to invent tomorrow's housing, only using solar energy, and with the involvement of architects and engineers from all over the world. The prize was presented in the Versailles palace gardens - the competition location - by the solo navigator and two-time Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux.

The Italian team, Team Rhome, has received the 2014 Solar thanks to an eco-neighbourhood project, which would be part of the urban fabric of Rome, whilst meeting the challenges of climate change, protection of nature and energy savings. It aims to "redefine the town fringe by intensifying the urban fabric", whilst strengthening inhabitants' sense of belonging to nature, according to his instigators, and it offers housing with active and clean energy solutions.

The French team Atlantic Challenge achieved second place on the podium thanks to his Phileas project, which imagines the rehabilitation of the Cap 44, an industrial construction from the nineteenth century in Nantes that is today disused. The Dutch team Ready to Accommodates Skin project, that brings heat shields to small brick houses - real energy sieves and builded in the Netherlands during the post-war boom -, took the third place.

Created in the United States, the Solar Decathlon is organized on a biennial basis sonic 2010 on both sides of the Atlantic, and was held in France for the first time. the projects of the twenty concurrent teams from 16 countries (Germany, Romania, Japan, Thailand, India, Mexico…) have been rated on ten criteria (each one awarded by a peculiar prize) -- architecture, energy efficiency, comfort, innovation, durability… -- and by international juries of experts. Each team had to find a solution to develop positive energy housing, and embedded in the local context and specific features of their country.

Source : etudiant.lefigaro.fr