The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Affordability Contest encourages teams to design and build affordable houses that combined energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems. In this way, the teams demonstrate how energy-saving features can help consumers save money today.
A professional estimator determines the construction cost of each house. Teams earn 100 points for achieving a target construction cost of $250,000 or less. A sliding point scale is then applied to houses with estimated construction costs between $250,001 and $599,999. Houses with estimated costs of $600,000 or more receive zero points.
The final results the Affordability Contest are shown in the graphic below. Roll over the graphic with your mouse to display scores and construction costs for each team.