Cheerful, albeit exhausted solar decathletes are headed home this week after 21 days of excitement on the National Mall.
For the second decathlon in a row, Team Germany took first place, impressing judges and peers with their SurPLUShome, which used the maximum building dimensions acceptable by competition standards. In addition to first place overall, Team Germany was recognized for excellence in the Architecture, Lighting Design, Comfort Zone, and Hot Water contests.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign took second place with Gable Home, a small home intended to pay tribute to its cultural roots while integrating advanced solar technology.
Team California’s Refract House took third with its innovative design and excellence in Architecture, Communications, Engineering and Market Viability contests.
Check out the video below to see Team Germany’s reaction when the Solar Decathlon 2009 winners are announced.
To get the whole story on this year's Solar Decathlon, take a look at these previous updates.
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