Competition > Engineering
The Solar Decathlon Engineering contest rewards teams for their engineering excellence, as a jury of professional engineers evaluates each home for:
Functionality—Will the home's energy systems function as intended?
Efficiency—Relative to conventional systems, how much energy will the house's systems save over the course of an entire year?
Innovation—Were any unique approaches used to solve design challenges? Do the proposed innovations have true market potential?
Reliability—How long are the systems expected to operate at a high level of performance? How much maintenance is required to keep them operating at a high level?