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Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Winners Showcase Efficient, Affordable, Innovative Buildings in Virtual Event

Monday, April 20, 2020

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Design Challenge recognized and awarded two Grand Winners – one from the residential division and one from the commercial building division. The 2020 Design Challenge culminated in a virtual event, April 17-19, 2020.

Students from 45 teams, representing 31 collegiate institutions, competed for the top prizes. A
detailed list of the winners is below. Congratulations to all the teams!

Grand Winners

Suburban Single-Family Division

Urban Single-Family Division

Attached Housing Division

Mixed-Use Multifamily Division

Elementary School Division

Office Building Division

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student
teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The
winners will be those teams that best blend architectural and engineering excellence with
innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production.

The Solar Decathlon continues to “push the envelope” on the design of the most highly
performing, efficient, affordable, innovative buildings. The competition leverages opportunities to
showcase student innovation and STEM education, and it fosters workforce development opportunities.

Learn more about the Solar Decathlon competition.

The team from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, was the Grand Winner in the Residential Division of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge, held April 17-19, 2020. Illustration credit: Miami University team.



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