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Golden, Colorado
April 12-14, 2019
Photo of the winners of the 2019 Design Challenge. There are seven individuals posing with two trophies and a model of their winning design.

2019 Design Challenge Results

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Design Challenge Weekend had 45 teams, representing 37 collegiate institutions, across the United States and other countries. The event was held on April 12–14, 2019, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

Read the DOE announcement.

Below are the top winners in each Division:

Grand Winner

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia)

Suburban Single-Family Housing Division

  • First place: United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point, New York)

Urban Single-Family Housing Division

  • First place: Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement: Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia)

Attached Housing Division

  • First place: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Mixed-Use Multifamily Housing Division

  • First place: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, New York) and Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement: University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, Missouri)

Elementary School Division

  • First place: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Office Building Division

  • First place: Jefferson University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The winning presentations and project summaries are available, as well as the complete list of collegiate institutions with Finalist Teams.

Solar Decathlon Film Fest

Teams competing in the 2019 Design Challenge were invited to create a short film documenting their work to develop creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. View the films.