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This is the exterior of Maison Reciprocity, ASU’s entry in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2014-07-12 17:24:05
Last modified: 2014-07-14 09:45:09

Solar Decathlon entry in France places

by Allison Haver

Appalachian State University's Team Reciprocite has placed in the Top 10 in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition, including a first place finish in the category of electrical energy balance.

Out of 20 competing teams,  Team REC finished ninth overall.

Team REC is a partnership between undergraduate and graduate students of Appalachian State University and Universit d'Angers in France.

The Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 is an international competition inspired by the U.S. Solar Decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams from all over the world to design, build and operate cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered houses.

The competition, which officially ended on Saturday, featured 20 competition houses from 17 countries and three continents.

Throughout the competition, the prototypes were judged in 10 different categories, including, architecture, energy efficiency, comfort conditions, communication and awareness, innovation, engineering and construction, electrical energy balance, house functioning, urban design, transportation and affordability and sustainability.

Only two universities representing the United States were selected to participate in the international competition. In addition to ASU, Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University and their international partner, the University of Applied Sciences of Erfurt in Germany, competed in the event.

Maison Reciprocity is the second design from Appalachian to compete in a Solar Decathlon event.
Appalachian State competed in the 2011 U.S. Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., with "Solar Homestead," a net-zero energy house, which won the "People's Choice" by public vote.

For additional images of Maison Reciprocity, visit Facebook and search for Reciprocity 2014. For more information about the competition, visit

Team results

Team Reciprocite placed in the following categories:

Architecture: 8th
Energy efficiency: 12th
Comfort conditions: 11th
Communication and awareness: 4th
Engineering and construction: 15th
Electrical energy balance: 1st
House functioning: 10th
Urban design, transportation and affordability: 13th
Sustainability: 11th
Innovation: 11th
Overall finish: 9th

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