Educational Resources for Homeowners
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a showcase of energy-efficient and renewable energy products that can be used by all homeowners. Visiting the Solar Decathlon and touring the team houses is a great way to see these products in action and learn about their use and benefits. Until the next event, you can learn more about renewable energy and energy-efficient products for your home by exploring the links below.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Energy Savers Web site is a vast resource where you can explore options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home, at work, in your community, and while driving.
Stay Warm, Save Money
This Energy Savers Web site provides homeowners with free and inexpensive strategies for saving energy and money through the cool fall and winter months as well as energy-saving investments that can provide savings over the long term.
Educational Resources for Building Professionals
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon provides educational opportunities for building professionals of all disciplines. Visiting the Solar Decathlon, touring the team houses, and participating in Building Industry Day are great ways to learn about new building technologies and techniques. Until the next event, you can learn more about renewable energy and energy-efficient topics for building professionals by exploring the links below.More info at email@example.com.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in fall 2011. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.
The Solar Decathlon:
Educates student participants and the public about the many cost-saving opportunities presented by clean-energy products
Demonstrates to the public the opportunities presented by cost-effective houses that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems that are available today
Provides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean-energy workforce.
Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has:
Involved 92 collegiate teams, which pursued multidisciplinary course curricula to study the requirements for designing and building energy-efficient, solar-powered houses
Established a worldwide reputation as a successful educational program and workforce development opportunity for thousands of students
Affected the lives of 15,000 collegiate participants
Expanded its outreach to K–12 students by inviting schools in the Washington, D.C., area to visit on class tours.
In 2009, the Solar Decathlon:
Provided 307,502 house visits to the public over 10 days
Offered 32 workshops onsite for the public and held a dedicated day of workshops for builders and industry, which were attended by 506 professionals
Partnered with the National Education Association, which broadcast daily educational programming to classrooms around the nation
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Solar Decathlon Competition
In the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, 20 collegiate teams design and build energy-efficient houses powered exclusively by the sun. These teams spend almost two years creating houses to compete in 10 contests on the National Mall. The winning team produces a house that:
Is affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
Provides adequate hot water
Produces as much or more energy than it consumes.
Solar Decathlon Teams
The 20 university-led teams that design, build, and operate the competition’s solar-powered houses are the heart of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Learn more about each of these teams competing in Solar Decathlon 2011:
Appalachian State University
Florida International University
New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington
The Ohio State University
Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology
The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology
Team Belgium: Ghent University
Team Canada: University of Calgary
Team China: Tongji University
Team Florida: The University of South Florida, Florida State University, The University of Central Florida, and The University of Florida
Team Massachusetts: Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Team New Jersey: Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology
Team New York: The City College of New York
Tidewater Virginia: Old Dominion University and Hampton University
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland
The University of Tennessee.
Solar Decathlon Europe 2012
The next Solar Decathlon Europe will occur in spring/summer 2012. Proposals for participation in Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 are due Nov. 3, 2010. For more information about the application process, see the Solar Decathlon Europe Web site.
Solar Decathlon Europe 2010
Modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., the first Solar Decathlon Europe took place in Madrid, Spain, in June 2010. The decathletes spent 10 days competing in the Villa Solar near the Royal Palace (Palacia Real) of historic Madrid. A combination of task completion, measurement, and jury scoring determined Solar Decathlon Europe’s first champion: Virginia Tech.