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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Solar Decathlon Educational Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a powerful education tool not only for the decathletes who participate directly but also for homeowners, building professionals, teachers, and students. Visiting the Solar Decathlon and touring the team houses is a great way to see home energy efficiency and renewable energy products and designs in action and learn about their uses and benefits. Until the next event, see these educational resources to learn more about renewable energy and energy efficiency at home.


Building Professionals

  • Building Technologies Office

    The Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Office funds research and technology development to reduce commercial and residential building energy use. Its website offers a variety of programs, tools, and resources for building professionals.

  • Solar Decathlon Construction Documents

    Explore the construction drawings and project manuals of Solar Decathlon competition houses from 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, and 2005.


  • Solar Decathlon Curriculum

    Focused on solar energy, the Solar Decathlon curriculum is intended for middle school and high school students.

  • Teach and Learn

    The Department of Energy offers information about student competitions, internships, training and degree programs, career planning tools, and professional development opportunities. You can also explore videos, data tools, lessons, activities, and other resources for educators at all levels.


  • Science Education

    Find educational content, internships and student partnership programs, and national events offered by the Department of Energy.

  • STEM Education

    The Department of Energy offers programs, internships, scholarships, and research opportunities focused on developing the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals.