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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Architecture Contest (100 points)

For the Architecture Contest of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017, teams are required to design and build attractive, high-performance houses that integrate solar and energy efficiency technologies seamlessly into the design.

A jury of architects will evaluate each team's architectural design based on many criteria, which are condensed in the following list.

  • Architectural concept and design approach
    • Did a clear concept guide the design process?
    • Is there coherence among various elements, such as architectural, structural, and mechanical?
    • Does the design offer a sense of inspiration and delight?

  • Architectural implementation and innovation
    • Are the scale and proportion, indoor-outdoor connections, and composition effective?
    • Is the design holistic and integrated? Will it be comfortable for occupants and compatible with the surrounding environment?
    • Are the natural and electric lighting well integrated?
    • Is quality demonstrated in material selection, detail, and implementation?
    • How well does the team integrate energy efficiency and energy production systems into the design?
    • How effectively does the design use a small floor plan?

  • Documentation
    • Do the team drawings, construction specifications, and audiovisual presentation accurately reflect the constructed house?