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Students from Rhode Island School of Design's 2005 team enjoy dinner on the roof of their solar-powered house for the cooking portion of the contest.

Solar Decathlon 2005

Rules and Regulations

The Official Rules and Regulations describe what each team needs to know to be competitive in the 2005 Solar Decathlon. Questions specifically about the rules and regulations may be directed to All general questions should be directed to the Webmaster.

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  • Rules and Regulations Update 9/29/05 (PDF 147 KB)
  • Print All (PDF 3.1 MB) **This file does not contain interactive links.
  • Table of Contents (PDF 102 KB) **Revision dates are noted in this file.

Main Documents

Supplemental Documents

  • Battery Requirements and Guidelines (PDF 122 KB)
  • Brief Contest Reports (PDF 94 KB)
  • Codes and Compliance Requirements (PDF 218 KB)
  • Communications (PDF 34 KB)
    • Suggestions for Making Your Team's Solar Decathlon Web Site a Winner (PDF 181 KB)
    • Instructions for Submitting Images (Graphics and Photographs) (PDF 108 KB)
    • Guidelines for Sponsor Recognition on the National Mall (PDF 86 KB)
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring: Design Considerations for Teams (PDF 42 KB)
  • Pre-Event Schedule (PDF 109 KB)
  • Solar Decathlon Accessibility Requirements and Guidelines (PDF 1.1 MB)

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