Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013 with its net zero energy solar-powered house that configures easily into various spaces.
Renewable and eco-friendly construction and insulation materials made of timber are easily transported and provide indoor climate comfort and carbon-neutrality.
Changeable architectural elements create a variety of sensory conditions—closing to form a protective cocoon for occupants and opening to allow them to expand their space.
Two patios create a balance between interior and exterior and public and semi-public spaces.
The passive solar design, combined with an automated screen and awning system, provides shade to keep the living spaces cool and comfortable.
A patio herb garden draws water from a rainwater reservoir.
Generous storage, completely integrated into the walls, frees the primary indoor space from clutter
A centralized utility room contains all the automated mechanical systems the house needs, including a photovoltaics monitor, ventilation, plumbing, and hot water supply.
Two high-efficiency, air-water heat pumps supply cold and hot water for space heating and cooling as well as for domestic hot water.
An energy-recovery ventilation unit acts as a heat and humidity exchanger between exhaust air and fresh intake air to keep the living spaces comfortable and healthy.