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Competition Manager Mike Wassmer works with University of Louisiana at Lafayette during the assembly phase of Solar Decathlon 2009.

Solar Decathlon 2009

Technical Resources

The technical resources listed below provide a record of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009 that may be useful to future Solar Decathlon teams as well as people interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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Final Scores and Standings

The final results contain scoring information organized by standing, team, contest, and day. The complete scoring spreadsheet (Zip 19.5 MB) contains highly detailed measurement information for each team and contest.

Solar Decathlon 2009 Rules and Regulations

These are the official rules and regulations (PDF 1.1 MB) and building code (PDF 330 KB) of Solar Decathlon 2009.

Instrumentation and Monitoring for Solar Decathlon 2009

This fact sheet describes the instrumentation and monitoring equipment (PDF 223 KB) used in the team houses during the Solar Decathlon 2009 competition.


This page provides brief biographical information about each of the Solar Decathlon 2009 jurors.


This fact sheet provides brief descriptions of the innovations (PDF 258 KB) and cutting-edge building technologies used by the Solar Decathlon 2009 teams.

Technical Publications

This sheet lists some of the numerous technical publications (PDF 325 KB) written about Solar Decathlon 2009.

Daily Journals

During the 2009 competition, Competition Director Richard King wrote daily news updates for the Solar Decathlon Web site. These journals document day-to-day activities during the competition.

Media Summary

The media summary report (PDF 2.9 PDF) outlines the results of media outreach efforts associated with Solar Decathlon 2009.

House Construction Costs

This page provides construction cost estimates for each of the Solar Decathlon 2009 competition houses.

House Construction Drawings and Project Manuals

The table below provides links to the house construction drawings and project manuals submitted by the Solar Decathlon 2009 teams. The most recent drawings are posted when as-built drawings are unavailable. The files contained within the Zip files below may be in formats that are not readable by all users.

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Team Construction Drawings Project Manuals
Cornell University Zip 45 MB Zip 4.2 MB
Iowa State University Zip 27 MB Zip 7.3 MB
Penn State Zip 59 MB Zip 6.2 MB
Rice University Zip 17 MB Zip 7.5 MB
Team Alberta (University of Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic, Alberta College of Art + Design, Mount Royal College) Zip 74 MB Zip 5.8 MB
Team Boston (Boston Architectural College, Tufts University) Zip 11 MB Zip 9.3 MB
Team California (Santa Clara University, California College of the Arts) Zip 65 MB Zip 5.4 MB
Team Germany (Technische Universität Darmstadt) Zip 41 MB Zip 25 MB
Team Missouri (Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri) Zip 8.3 MB Zip 2.5 MB
Team Ontario/BC (University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University) Zip 47 MB Zip 8.5 MB
Team Spain (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Zip 107 MB Zip 18 MB
The Ohio State University Zip 26 MB Zip 4.2 MB
University of Arizona Zip 10 MB Zip 7.3 MB
Universidad de Puerto Rico Zip 32 MB Zip 11.9 MB
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Zip 41 MB Zip 9.1 MB
University of Kentucky Zip 25 MB Zip 117 MB
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Zip 35 MB Zip 3.2 MB
University of Minnesota Zip 19 MB Zip 6.6 MB
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zip 17 MB Zip 12 MB
Virginia Tech Zip 14 MB Zip 9.3 MB