The international competition included 20 entries from top colleges and universities from around the world. The competition's main goal is to develop and disseminate knowledge concerning industrialised, solar and sustainable housing. The team needed a super insulant' to help Lumenhaus smartly use the energy it creates via its solar panel system, and help balance efficiency with user comfort in mind. Virginia Tech chose NCFI's InsulStar spray foam insulation. The design was based upon responsive architecture', meaning the house can operate completely self-sufficiently, responding to environmental changes. In another category, a team from the University of Illinois also used NCFI's SPF in their prize-winning Gable House'.
The European Solar Decathlon's 20 competing homes were judged in ten separate areas (hence the decathlon designation) including: architecture, sustainability, innovation, comfort, construction and engineering, solar systems and hot water, energy balance, usage, communications and social media, industrialisation, and market viability. The competition was judged by some of the worlds most influential architects including Australian Glenn Murcutt, winner of the Pritzker Prize and the AIA Gold Medal.
Nelson Clark, Senior Vice President of NCFI, says his company is extremely proud of the role they played in both solar decathlon wins. "It's a testament to our products and people. Winning not one, but two major energy efficiency competitions is clear evidence that our spray foam is a superior insulation product and the future of world building.