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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon continues to “push the envelope” on the design of the most high-performance, efficient, affordable, innovative buildings while leveraging opportunities to showcase student innovation and STEM education, as well as to foster workforce development opportunities.

The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. The winners of the competition are the teams that best blend design excellence and smart energy use with innovation, market potential, and building efficiency.

This year’s Solar Decathlon will offer two tracks that build on the strengths of previous DOE student competitions: (1) an annual “Design Challenge” – former Race to Zero Student Design Competition, and (2) a “Build Challenge” – an expansion on the original Solar Decathlon.

Whether interested in the Design Challenge or the Build Challenge, each team must submit an application and required fee by November 6, 2018. Please note that any teams interested in competing in the Build Challenge must also submit a Build Challenge Proposal and supporting materials. All requirements are outlined in the Solar Decathlon Competition Guide on the website.

DOE is hosting a webinar to discuss Solar Decathlon competition requirements, share resources, and answer questions:

Solar Decathlon: What is Good Design?

Date: October 24, 2018

Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Register here

Additional details are on the Solar Decathlon website. DOE is excited to work with the next generation of building science professionals!

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