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The University of Tennessee

Competition > Engineering


(100 points)

The Solar Decathlon Engineering contest rewards teams for their engineering excellence, as a jury of professional engineers evaluates each home for:

  • FunctionalityŚWill the home's energy systems function as intended?

  • EfficiencyŚRelative to conventional systems, how much energy will the house's systems save over the course of an entire year?

  • InnovationŚWere any unique approaches used to solve design challenges? Do the proposed innovations have true market potential?

  • ReliabilityŚHow 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?

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