Solar Decathlon 2013

written by mr.paul on October 6, 2013 in Passive House and Residential and Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal with no comments

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Location Orange County Great Park, Irvine CA
Date Oct. 3-13 2013

Video presentations by all 2013 collegiate teams
Computer Animated Walkthroughs
Audio Visual Presentations and Home Tours

Solar Decathlon Contests

Like the Olympic decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon consists of 10 contests. These contests are designed to gauge how well the houses perform and how livable and affordable they are. Each contest is worth a maximum of 100 points, for a competition total of 1,000 points.

Teams can earn points three ways
Task completion – Teams complete household tasks such as cooking, washing dishes, and doing laundry.

Monitored performance – Team houses perform to specified criteria, such as maintaining a comfortable (71°–76°F) indoor temperature range.

Jury evaluation – Jurors who are experts in their field (such as architecture, engineering, and communications) award points for features that cannot be measured (such as aesthetics and design inspiration).

Contests based on task completion or monitored performance are called measured contests; contests based on jury evaluation are call juried contests.

The 10 Solar Decathlon 2013 contests

Architecture Contest (juried)
Market Appeal Contest (juried)
Engineering Contest (juried)
Communications Contest (juried)
Affordability Contest (juried)
Comfort Zone Contest (measured)
Hot Water Contest (measured)
Appliances Contest (measured)
Home Entertainment Contest (measured and juried)
Energy Balance Contest (measured).

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