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Rodrigo Castro:
The Use of Energy Performance as a Design Input

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A headshot of Rodrigo Castro

We’re continuing our special series to highlight alumni of both the Build Challenge and the Design Challenge of Solar Decathlon, and how their experiences with the event have shaped their careers and lives. This time on #SDLivingTheDream, it’s Rodrigo Castro.


Name: Rodrigo Castro, PhD

Year participated in Solar Decathlon: 2011

University team: Team Florida (University of Florida)

Current organization / employer: Bionova Ltd.

Current role: Senior LCA Expert


How did participation in the Solar Decathlon affect the trajectory of your career?
I experienced at the Solar Decathlon the importance of integrated design. It showed me how energy modeling influences project design and material selection. Also, the event highlighted the challenges of competing demands: cost, comfort, and performance. And, how creative solutions result from interdisciplinary work. It was wonderful to see the product of our hard work at the Mall, and witness the work of other teams.

Describe a work outcome, building project or other achievement you are most proud of and how (if) it relates to your experience with Solar Decathlon. 
I work in business development at a software company. We develop One Click LCA, a lifecycle assessment software to measure and optimize the embodied carbon of buildings. My experience at the Solar Decathlon influences my work in two areas. First, how to help designers reduce impacts at an early design stage. And second, how to use of energy performance as a design input. My aim is to bring actionable information as early as possible when more impact can be achieved at low cost. Visit us at


Watch this space for more alumni profiles in our #SDLivingTheDream campaign!

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