First thoughts and ideas on how a possible Energy-self-sufficient house for the Solar Decathlon competition could look like were already born in 2011. Over a period of 5 months, a group of approximately 25 students from the Vienna University of Technology worked on several building prototypes exploring its various options. Dubbed with the title “The Future of Living”, the semester was kicked off with a deep analysis of how humans lived in the past as opposed to how they live today and most importantly how living may look like in the near future. 

I was one of these 25 students taking part in what soon turned out to be the biggest project of my life. For more than 2 years, I have been working on Austria's contribution to the 2013 Solar Decathlon. 

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition hosted by the US Department of Energy to promote the application of solar technologies in buildings. In 2012, the DoE announced that Vienna Technical University will be one of 20 teams competing in Irvine, California.

For more information on our house LISI, please visit Team Austria's official website including press footage, photos, video material and blogposts. Beautiful photos of the final product can be seen under the portfolio section here.