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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?

For complete information, see the Solar Decathlon 2017 rules. Solar Decathlon teams should always refer to the rules.