The objective of the participating teams is to design and build houses that consume as few natural resources as possible and produce minimum waste products during their life cycle. Particular emphasis is put on reducing energy consumption and on obtaining all the necessary energy from the sun.
Twenty teams from 15 countries (Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, China, Japan, Brazil and Egypt) are building houses on the site called ¨Villa Solar¨ on the public premises of Casa del Campo, Madrid.
During the competition, housing participants must undergo 10 tests that will determine the winner: the house that consumes the least amount of natural resources, and produce minimal waste during its life cycle, obtaining all the necessary energy from sun.
One of the aims of Solar Decathlon Europe is to raise public awareness of the use of renewable energies and, in particular, the possibilities of solar energy in homes.
From the 14 to 30 of September, 2012, visitors will have the opportunity to visit this "Villa" to see these innovative designs and enjoy a variety of activities related to renewable energy.
For more information, please click here to go to the Solar Decathlon Europe website.