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Photo of group of people standing in front of a competition house, the 2017 University of Nevada, Las Vegas team.

Solar Decathlon Challenges

This Solar Decathlon, which spans 2019 and 2020, gives teams the option to participate in one of two Challenges: the Design Challenge or the Build Challenge.

Photo of a home design model from a previous competition.

Design Challenge (Annual)

Teams that compete in the annual Solar Decathlon Design Challenge must create residential or commercial building designs over one or two semesters.

View from inside one of the 2017 Solar Decathlon houses.

Build Challenge (Biennial)

Teams that compete in the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge must design and construct fully functional houses.

Webinars

DOE has hosted several Solar Decathlon webinars to provide an overview of the competition, discuss competition requirements and answer questions.

Kick-Start Your Solar Decathlon Competition!

Date: August 22, 2018
See the presentation slides, or watch the video below.

Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

Date: September 12, 2018
See the presentation slides, or watch the video below.

Solar Decathlon Build Challenge

Date: September 13, 2018
See the presentation slides, or watch the video below.

What is Good Design?

Date: October 24, 2018
See the presentation slides, or watch the video below.