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Competition > Architecture


(100 points)

For the Architecture contest, teams competing in the Solar Decathlon are required to integrate solar and energy efficiency technologies seamlessly into their home designs.

To judge this contest, a jury of professional architects assesses team construction documents and tours the homes. They evaluate three main factors:

  • Architectural elements—The house's strength and suitability, the appropriateness of building materials, the scale and proportion of room and facade features, indoor/outdoor connections, composition, and connection of various home elements

  • Holistic design—Ease of entry into the house and circulation among the public and private zones; architectural strategy used to accommodate the technologies required to run the house; and generosity and sufficiency of space in the house

  • Inspiration—Design surprises, such as unusual use of ordinary materials or use of extraordinary materials, to delight Solar Decathlon visitors.

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