Virginia Tech’s VT Solar scored the highest in both the Architecture and Dwelling categories. The south, east, and west walls are constructed of two panels of thin translucent polycarbonate, which was filled with aerogel insulation. LEDs, which can display a range of millions of colors, light the panels from within.
Like all Solar Decathlon entries, the VT Solar is powered by an extensive battery array.
The University of Colorado’s BioS(h)IP is named for the team’s invention, a recycled wastepaper–and–soy insulation system called Bio-SIPs. After nine days of competition, it won first place.
A fleet of solar cars; the winner in this category, University of Colorado, set a record of over 300 miles—powered on energy garnered from a solar house.