Solar Decathlon Virtual Village
The Solar Decathlon® Virtual Village showcases zero energy homes designed and constructed around the world by 2020 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge teams. Visitors can tour these one-of-a-kind homes in this first-ever Solar Decathlon Virtual Village “located” on the National Mall, where the first Solar Decathlon event was launched in 2002.
Visitors can also participate in a Solar Decathlon home scavenger hunt, and a toolkit helps teachers bring students to the Virtual Village for unique educational activities.
The 2020 Build Challenge Competition Event and public exhibition were previously scheduled to take place on the National Mall in the summer of 2020, with each team’s house included in the constructed village for public tours. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 event was postponed and transitioned to a local build event, with teams constructing their homes in their local communities where they will remain after the competition. Moving forward, Solar Decathlon Build Challenge teams will follow this local build model, with the next competition scheduled for 2023.