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Students are gathered around a man in a suit who is speaking to them in front of a building at the 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge in Colorado.

Solar Decathlon Design Partners Pilot


What: The Solar Decathlon Design Challenge is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design highly efficient and innovative zero energy buildings. Design Partners work directly with one of our student teams to develop a zero energy design for a new or existing building in their portfolio.

When: August 2019 through April 2020

Design Partner Commitment: 20 to 30 hours of consultation in person or remotely to provide a Solar Decathlon student team with design requirements and design feedback. Design Partners may also be invited to participate in the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Weekend at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, April 17–19, 2020.

Benefits: Design Partners receive a zero energy concept design and basic cost estimate for their building (the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge deliverable is approximately equivalent to schematic design documents). NOTE: all designs are posted publically following the competition.

Eligible Building Types: Office Building, Elementary School, Mixed-Use Multifamily, Attached Housing, Suburban Single-Family, Urban Single-Family.

To Participate: After downloading the application form, complete and email it back to Holly Jamesen Carr (holly.carr@ee.doe.gov) by August 1, 2019.