Team UOW wins!
Team UOW from the University of Wollongong in Australia held the winning trophy high this morning. The team rejoiced in a remarkable victory. It was the first time a retrofitted home was entered in a decathlon. Instead of designing and building a new house from the ground up, they took an old house and refurbished it. They added new insulation to the walls and attic, new windows and changed some of the interior rooms for more functionality. The end result was a modern, very energy efficient house that won the praise of everyone who goes into it – especially the jurors. This morning they also won first place in Architecture and Solar Application! I will remember them as the team from down under who always greeted you with a friendly “G’day mate”.
Team SCUT from South China University of Technology took second place! They moved ahead of Sweden with their near perfect performance. Team SCUT received the highest score in four of the performance based competitions: Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment and Energy Balance. They also won third place in the Architecture contest. The team was overjoyed and so happy to take a top honor. I am sure people everywhere in China are proud of this team.
Team Sweden from the Chalmers University of Technology won third place. They were in the top of the standings all through the competition and finished with a strong performance. I loved the way you had to put your shoes in a basket by the door before entering their house. After touring the house, your shoes were in a basket by the back door. The house designed for college students was enjoyed by all.
As a proud employee of the U.S. Department of Energy, I couldn’t be happier. We nurtured this event in America, watched it grow in Europe, and witnessed it reach new heights here in China. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion.
I want to thank everyone involved in making the first SD China a success. The National Energy Administration, the City of Datong, sponsors, students, faculty, and the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly, thank you so much.
And to the student decathletes especially, I leave these parting words.
It takes creativity to design a decathlon house. Strength to build it. Ingenuity to power it. And perseverance to get it here.
Leaders make that happen.
I know there is more greatness in you, so don’t stop being a leader.
Good bye and best wishes,
U.S. Department of Energy