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Virginia Tech’s ‘Lumenhaus’ wins international solar competition

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A Virginia Tech solar-powered house, designed by students and faculty, has won the Solar Decathlon Europe held in Madrid, Spain.

Both undergraduate and graduate students, along with faculty, designed and constructed the house in Blacksburg, but shipped and reconstructed it in Madrid for the 10-day international competition.

The Lumenhaus was declared the most efficient structure in the decathlon. During the competition, 17 solar houses from seven countries on three continents were judged in 10 different categories.

Virginia Tech’s entry placed in almost all of the categories, including tying for first in Architecture, placing second in Communication and Social Awareness and placing third in both Industrialization and Market Viability and in Lighting.

“We were successful over a number of first-rate, world-class work under teams with excellent resources and expertise,” Robert Dunay, professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and one of the faculty leaders on the project, said in a statement.


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