Austrian students create Solar Decathlon’s winning house

A team of students from Vienna have taken the top award in this year’s Solar Decathlon competition, which is organised by the US Department of Energy.

The group’s remarkable solar-powered building was judged to be the most efficient of all the entries in terms of energy used, as well as being the most cost-effective and attractive.

The simple house, christened LISI, which stands for ‘living inspired by sustainable innovation’, was designed to be adaptable, so it could potentially be used in places with different climates and by people with varying lifestyles.

The LISI house is supposed to be the perfect size to enable two people to live in 100 per cent solar-powered comfort. It can be assembled easily and relatively quickly due to its modular nature and the fact that its wooden parts can be transported inside shipping crates.

A living space, service area and patios are contained inside a facade which can be opened and closed to different extents to suit the surrounding areas. All of the required energy comes from solar panels mounted on the building’s roof and all of the materials used are eco-friendly.

Anyone who is thinking of embarking on a sustainable housing project in the Wirral area could take some ideas from the innovative LISI design. A qualified architect on the Wirral should be able to draw up a design to fit specific aims and budget requirements, and they might also be able to source local materials where possible.

Posted by Matt Hughes
October 23, 2013
New Buildings

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