Countdown Begins for Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Finalists

In six weeks, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will announce two grand winners of the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. The competition allows student teams to design and build efficient, innovative buildings supplied by renewable energy. Competitors are judged by a panel of experts, and winning designs combine architectural and engineering quality with building efficiency, innovation, market potential and smartly managed energy production.

NAHB is a proud sponsor of the design challenge and serves as a resource for student teams by connecting them with industry partners and contacts at local and state home builders associations. Earlier this week, DOE announced that students from 48 teams representing 36 collegiate institutions across the world have been selected as finalists.

Of the 36 collegiate institutions represented, three have active NAHB Student Chapters: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Purdue University and the Pennsylvania State University. The final design portion of the competition will occur April 17-19, 2020, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

For more information about NAHB’s sustainable and green building programs, contact Program Manager Anna Stern. To stay current on the high-performance residential building sector, follow NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building team on Twitter.

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