German Design Shines

Students from the Technische Universität Darmstadt won the Solar Decathlon, a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote innovative sun-powered dwellings

Europe has had an edge over America when it comes to sustainable design, historically, so it's little surprise that on Friday students from a German school bested 19 other college and university teams in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, a biennial intercollegiate competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote innovative sun-powered, energy-efficient dwellings. The University of Maryland and Santa Clara University placed second and third, respectively.

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