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The Illawarra Flame fibro retrofit demonstration house has won the Solar Decathlon China 2013. It was the only entry to address the upgrading of the current housing stock and the reduction of its energy consumption to net-zero. The measures taken included increasing how airtight the house is, and installing vertical gardens, a rainwater harvester, and a PV thermal air system. The windows were replaced with large double glazed windows with the redesign incorporating advanced insulation, low-carbon cement and recycled glass.
Launched at the Rio +20 summit, the Siemens Stiftung “empowering people award” is aimed at schools, universities, research institutions, small businesses, inventors, NGOs and technology organisations – basically anyone who has invented or developed a technological solution to a development challenge. The global competition hopes to “connect bright minds and powerful technology solutions with vulnerable people needing basic services, and to provide a tool which enables interaction, knowledge exchange, and cooperation,” according to Ulrike Wahl, managing director of the Siemens Stiftung.
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