The surPLUShome has taken first place in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition. The German entry is a two-story 11.1 kW photovoltaic solar panel covered cube that outputs more than twice the home's electrical needs.
Custom design features include custom-made vacuum insulation structural panels, a boiler/heat pump system for both hot water and ambient heating, and automatic louver-covered windows.
Implications - Thanks to the eco-friendly movement, the demand for energy efficient homes is high. Concept homes such as the surPLUShome have managed to come up with extreme solutions to demonstrate how easy it is for consumers to turn their home into something more energy efficient as well as stylish.