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This photo offers a birds-eye view of a two-part house. On the roof of the house's rectangular core shimmers a pool of water. To the right of the pool slants a row of windows over the house's open living space. The rooftop pond reflects light back into the open space. Visitors to the Solar Decathlon can be seen entering the house and in the background.

The 2007 Solar Decathlon New York Institute of Technology house features a rooftop pond for the house's geothermal heat pump, rather than a traditional underground source, which can't be used on the National Mall.

Solar Decathlon 2007

Technical Resources

From journal entries, final scores, and a summary of media hits, to technology innovations and house drawings, the 2007 Solar Decathlon technical resources posted on this page provide insight and guidance to the 2009 Solar Decathlon teams.

And, this information is not just for Solar Decathlon team members. Public audiences interested in renewable energy technologies will also find these resources informative.

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2007 Solar Decathlon Rules and Regulations

The official rules and regulations for the 2007 Solar Decathlon. (PDF 2.2 MB)

Daily Journals

During the 2007 competition, daily updates written by Competition Director Richard King were posted on the Web site. These journals give a sense of day-to-day life during the competition.

Daily Event Schedule

This schedule kept the 2007 teams updated on all activities, 24 hours a day, from the time of their arrival in Washington, D.C., through assembly, the competition, disassembly, and departure. (PDF 69 KB)

Juror Information

Brief biographical information about each juror.

Final Detailed Scores and Standings

The complete scoring spreadsheet, including very detailed information for each team and contest. (Zip 14.5 MB)

Media Summary

The 2007 Solar Decathlon garnered a huge amount of media attention. (PDF 217 KB)

Technical Publications

In addition to media coverage, the Solar Decathlon has been cited in a variety of research and technical publications. (PDF 218 KB)


Brief descriptions of innovations and cutting-edge building technologies used by some of the 2007 teams. (PDF 167 KB)

Instrumentation and Monitoring for Solar Decathlon 2007

Description of the monitoring equipment used in the competition. (PDF 168 KB)

Drawings and Specifications from the 2007 Teams

Drawings and other required information, such as equipment and specifications, as submitted by the 2007 teams for the competition. The most recent drawings are posted when as-built drawings are unavailable. The files contained within the zip files may be in a variety of file formats, which may or may not be readable by any given user.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Cornell University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Kansas Project Solar House

Lawrence Technological University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

Penn State

Santa Clara University

Team Montreal

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Texas A&M University

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Universidad de Puerto Rico

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Cincinnati

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland

University of Missouri—Rolla

University of Texas at Austin