Competition > Architecture
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.