Energy efficiency is the ultimate goal of the Solar Decathlon, but the surPLUShome's good looks and functionality helped the German Team beat out the early favourites from California. Nearly all the available surface area of the surPlushome is covered in solar panels with a few stylish wood panels thrown in for good measure. Those and the windows are really the only things keeping the house from looking like an oversized 2001: A Space Odyssey prop. Congrats to the winners! You can check out other entries from the competition at the link. [Inhabitat]
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