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August 2018   

Solar Decathlon Competition Guide Released

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is excited to release the Solar Decathlon 2019–2020 Competition Guide. This guide provides detailed information on competition rules and how to apply. The competition continues to “push the envelope” on the design of the most high-performance, efficient, affordable, innovative buildings while leveraging opportunities to showcase student innovation and STEM education, as well as to foster workforce development opportunities.


As previously announced, Solar Decathlon 2019–2020 will offer two tracks that build on the strengths of previous DOE student competitions: (1) an annual “Design Challenge” that is the new name for the former Race to Zero Student Design Competition, and (2) a “Build Challenge” that expands on the original Solar Decathlon. Teams in both tracks will present their projects at a single expert-juried event in April 2019. The expert jury will select winners of the Design Challenge and separately approve Build Challenge teams to move on to the construction phase. The Build Challenge teams will then go on to build and showcase their designs at public and industry events in 2020, where final Build Challenge winners will be announced.


DOE will host three upcoming Solar Decathlon webinars. The first one will provide an overview of the competition. The following two will discuss competition requirements and answer questions.


Kick Start Your Solar Decathlon Competition!
Date: August 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET


Solar Decathlon Design Challenge
Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET


Solar Decathlon Build Challenge
Date: September 13, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET


Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to either design or design and build high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. The winners of the competition are the teams that best blend design excellence and smart energy use with innovation, market potential, and building efficiency.


Additional details are on the Solar Decathlon website. DOE is excited to work with the next generation of building science professionals!




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