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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Solar Decathlon Contests

Like the Olympic decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon consists of 10 contests. These contests are designed to gauge how well the houses perform and how livable and affordable they are. Each contest is worth a maximum of 100 points, for a competition total of 1,000 points.

Teams can earn points three ways:

  1. Task completion
    Teams complete household tasks such as cooking, washing dishes, and doing laundry.

  2. Monitored performance
    Team houses perform to specified criteria, such as maintaining a comfortable (71°–76°F) indoor temperature range.

  3. Jury evaluation
    Jurors who are experts in their field (such as architecture, engineering, and communications) award points for features that cannot be measured (such as aesthetics and design inspiration).

Contests based on task completion or monitored performance are called measured contests; contests based on jury evaluation are call juried contests.

Learn more about the 10 Solar Decathlon 2015 contests:

For complete information, see the Solar Decathlon 2015 rules.