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