UrbanEden, UNC Charlotte’s solar-powered house has won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 People’s Choice Award and has placed third in the Solar Decathlon Engineering Contest.
The People’s Choice award gives the public the opportunity to vote for its favorite house. The beautiful UNC Charlotte house with its light-filled rooms that open to a garden-rimmed outdoor deck, laminated bamboo cabinetry and paneling, and continuous ash flooring won the hearts of the public and its votes.
Designed as an urban infill project, UrbanEden has a variety of sustainability features, such as thermal mass, passive solar, and radiant energy, as well as unique technologies that demonstrated true innovation, including radiant geopolymer concrete walls, movable photovoltaic shading, and a nighttime radiation emitter. These technologies helped the team win a third-place award in the Engineering Contest.
Presentation of the Engineering Third Place Award to the UNC Charlotte UrbanEden team.