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Solar Decathlon 2013

Communications Contest

(100 points)

From team websites to signage and public tours, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Communications Contest challenged teams to educate others about their houses, their experiences, and their projects.

A jury of communications professionals awarded points for delivering clear and consistent messages; images that represent the vision, process, and results of each project; and creativity in engaging audiences.

The Communications Jury evaluated:

  • Web content quality, appropriateness, and originality

  • Audiovisual presentation information, the accuracy of the representation of the as-built house on the competition site, accessible captioning, clarity of the narrative, and creativity

  • The quality of onsite graphics, photos, displays, and signage

  • The delivery of messages to target audiences and people of all abilities

  • The use of innovative methods to engage audiences, including website visitors and people waiting to tour a house.