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New Contest Data Displays Provide Insight into Competition Scoring

Saturday, October 5, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

New contest data displays are now available on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon website. If you are interested in the real-time performance of each house and want to keep a close eye on the competition, check out the Contests section pages.

In the Contests section, the pages for the measured contests (Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment, and Energy Balance) explain the contest requirements and provide real-time graphical displays of the accumulated measurements/scores for each team. Roll your cursor over the graphics to see more detailed information about each contest. For example, in the Appliances Contest graphic, the scores for running the refrigerator, freezer, clothes washer, dryer, and dishwasher are displayed. The measurements for the Refrigerator and Freezer subcontests are shown in graphs below.

The Energy Balance display is also insightful. In the Energy Balance Contest, teams receive full points (100) for producing at least as much energy as their house uses. The graph shows the net energy production/consumption of each house in kilowatt-hours (kWh). If the value for net energy is a positive number, the houses have produced more energy than they have used during the competition. Hover your cursor over a line to display the team name. Or toggle team lines off and on by clicking on the teams names in the legend on the right.

Contests one through five are juried contests. Check back on Thursday for Affordability and Market Appeal contest results, Friday for Communications and Architecture contest results, and Saturday for Engineering Contest and overall winner announcements. In the meantime, follow the scoring for the performance-based contests like never before!

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