Last Submission Date: 16 February 2021
Last Registration Date: 20 October, 2020
Country: USAMore Specs
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The winners will be those teams that best blend architectural design and engineering excellence with innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production. The combined competition features two tracks, the Design Challenge and the Build Challenge. The annual Design Challenge spans one or two academic semesters and inspires students to design residential or commercial building solutions that are evaluated for how well they meet the nation’s demand for energy-efficient, innovative, cost-effective, and resilient buildings. The biennial Build Challenge spans two years and inspires students to design and build cutting-edge and highly-efficient residential houses that are displayed locally in their communities. The 2021 Design Challenge team application is due on October 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. EDT; all teams who apply are accepted as participants. The next edition of the Build Challenge will kick off in 2021, with the release of the competition Rules, and conclude in 2023. If you are interested in learning more about the 2023 Build Challenge, send an email to the Solar Decathlon Organizers at SDbuild@nrel.gov and we’ll pass along important updates and announcements about the competition.
First held in 2002 in Washington, D.C., the Solar Decathlon has expanded to Africa, China, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East to involve more than 200 teams and 35,000 collegiate participants worldwide.
The Design Challenge provides unique, hands-on experience and training that prepares competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. The competition creates awareness for the public about more efficient technologies for homes and buildings. Technologies and solutions used in Design Challenge projects have advanced the building industry both in the United States and abroad. The Contests for the Design Challenge are:
Visit www.solardecathlon.gov to learn more.