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The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University team was victorious as the Grand Winner at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Weekend. The event was held on April 12–14, 2019, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and included 45 finalist teams, representing 37 collegiate institutions, across the United States and other countries.

Below are the top winners in each Division:

Suburban Single-Family Division

  • First place: United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point, New York)

Urban Single-Family Division

  • First place: Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement: Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia)

Attached Housing Division

  • First place: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Mixed-Use Multifamily Division

  • First place: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, New York) and Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement: University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, Missouri)

Elementary Schools Division

  • First place: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Office Building Division

  • First place: Jefferson University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The complete list of collegiate institutions with Finalist Teams are:

  • Appalachian State University (Boone, North Carolina)
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana)
  • California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, California)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • CEPT University (Ahmedabad, India)
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Jefferson University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas)
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
  • Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, New York)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
  • Technische Universität Berlin – EUREF Campus (Berlin, Germany)
  • Technological University of Panama (El Dorado, Panamá)
  • The Manchester School of Architecture (Manchester, England)
  • The Pennsylvania State University (Centre County, Pennsylvania)
  • The University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)
  • The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)
  • United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point, New York)
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil)
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (Champaign County, Illinois)
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • University of Missouri–Columbia (Columbia, Missouri)
  • University of Portland (Portland, Oregon)
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia)
  • Western New England University (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The winners are those teams that best blend architectural and engineering excellence with innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production.

The 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.

Labels: Solar Decathlon,Design Challenge,universities,education,sustainability

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