Innovating While Retrofitting

Innovating While Retrofitting

Team UOW – from the University of Wollongong in Australia – took first place at the Solar Decathlon China!  Not only did their entry score the highest points in the competition but it received recognition as the oldest house in the event.  The Team avoided the environmental impacts of new construction by retrofitting a typical existing Australian home built in the period of the 1950’s and 60’s.

By redesigning the house to include a wide range of environmentally advanced technologies, the team inspired and educated the community and the industry about the full potential of sustainable technologies in Australia. The house demonstrates that the careful and creative revitalization of existing properties can remove technical, financial, and social barriers commonly associated with older homes.  And, the place looks great!

Take a walk through the winning home and see for yourself.  

While you are at it, check out the final scores of all the teams and their great photos and videos, reflecting the tremendous creativity and skill of the competitors.

Congratulations to all involved!  Applied Materials is proud to have joined with the US Department of Energy, the National Energy Administration of China, and Peking University as founding partners of the 2013 Solar Decathlon China.  On to the US Decathlon to be held in Irvine, California in October!

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