|Patio 2.12 House|
The 18 houses on contest have been monitored over a 2 weeks period and given a score based on their performance to 10 aspects. The Canopea House, winner of the competition, has scored highest in Comfort, Architecture, Innovation and Operations whereas Patio 2.12 has excelled in Energy Efficiency, Balance of Electricity and Communication.
The Patio 2.12 is a construction with four prefabricated volumes organized around an enclosed courtyard. Each volume hosts a different function: sleeping, cooking, living and technical. Volumes are internally lined with cork panels from recycled wine corks and externally with clay panels.
The courtyard roof is a triple-glazing with leafy-looking external louvers. The glazing can open to release hot air whereas the louvers are fixed and rotate to close or open position. When closed, their irregular shape and metal finish give a lovely shade to the courtyard. Shame that the overhead-glazing hasn't got sufficient pitch to avoid ponding and nasty stains have grown throughout the glazing.
|Patio 2.12 House Courtyard|
The Ekó House by Team Brazil is a lovely construction surrounded by bamboo sliding screens. The bamboos are differently spaced in East and West facades. The house has a dry composting toilet and treats it grey water with macrophyte plants.
Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 / Madrid, 14 - 30 September 2012
Patio 2.12 House by the Universities of Sevilla, Jaén, Granada & Málaga / Spain
Area: 107.13 m2
Est. energy production: 16,378 kWh / year
Est. energy consumption: 2,982 kWh / y
Est. cost: €500,000
Canopea House by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble / France
Area: 195.9 m2
Est. energy production: 12,733 kWh / year
Est. energy consumption: 6,305 kWh / y
Est. cost: €700,000
Ekó House by the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina + Universidade de São Paulo / Brazil
Area: 47.59 m2
Est. energy production: 21,157 kWh / year
Est. energy consumption: 6,836 kWh / y
Est. cost: €450,000
Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 / France
Photos by PS