U.S. Department of Energy
October 11, 2013
STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S START.HOME LEADS THE COMPETITION FOR SOLAR DECATHLON’S TOP PRIZE, WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT 10 A.M. SATURDAY
While Sunday is the final day of the Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Saturday may be the most exciting day for the 19 university teams that entered solar-powered homes in this year’s competition. The Decathlon winner will be announced at 10 a.m. in Hangar 244 adjacent to Palm Court in the Great Park. At this stage of the judging, Stanford University’s Start.Home is leading (current competition scores below):
- Stanford, 551.823
- Las Vegas, 550.270
- Team Ontario, 548.184
- Middlebury College, 547.996
- Team Alberta, 547.284
- Stevens, 546.873
- Team Austria, 544.164
- Team Capitol DC, 542.964
- Czech Republic, 539.867
- Santa Clara, 529.627
- U of So Cal, 526.030
- Norwich, 522.881
- Kentucky/Indiana, 505.779
- North Carolina, 502.924
- SCI-Arc/Caltech, 501.411
- Missouri S&T, 485.533
- Team Texas, 482.453
- AZ State/New Mexico, 452.112
- West Virginia, 449.451
Solar Decathlon Contest
Like the Olympic decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon consists of 10 contests. These contests are designed to gauge how well the houses perform and how livable and affordable they are. Each contest is worth a maximum of 100 points, for a competition total of 1,000 points.
Teams can earn points three ways:
- Task completion – Teams complete household tasks such as cooking, washing dishes, and doing laundry.
- Monitored performance – Team houses perform to specified criteria, such as maintaining a comfortable (71°–76°F) indoor temperature range.
- Jury evaluation – Jurors who are experts in their field (such as architecture, engineering, and communications) award points for features that cannot be measured (such as aesthetics and design inspiration).
The Solar Decathlon contest based on task completion or monitored performance are called measured contests; contests based on jury evaluation are call juried contests. The 10 contests – the Decathlon – are:
- Architecture Contest (juried)
- Market Appeal Contest (juried)
- Engineering Contest (juried)
- Communications Contest (juried)
- Affordability Contest (juried)
- Comfort Zone Contest (measured)
- Hot Water Contest (measured)
- Appliances Contest (measured)
- Home Entertainment Contest (measured and juried)
- Energy Balance Contest (measured)
For an update on Decathlon activities and/or to make interview arrangements with student teams, please contact Craig Reem. His cell is 949.698.2791.
Solar Decathlon 2013 activities Friday-Sunday:
- (Career) Opportunities in the field of sustainable design and construction @ 12-12:45 p.m.
- Meet clean tech companies hiring in Orange County @ 1-1:45 p.m.
- Educational opportunities for green careers @ 2-2:45 p.m.
- Energy research – hot air or the right stuff? @ 3-3:45 p.m.
- Decathlon winner announced @ 10 a.m.
- Mad Science: Up, up and away! (for kids) @ 12-12:45 p.m.
- Solar for homeowners @ 1-1:45 p.m.
- Retrospective on sustainable architecture @ 2-2:45 p.m.
- Green learning adventure (for kids) @ 3-3:45 p.m.
- System integration – the challenges and benefits of solar on your roof @ 4-4:45 p.m.
- Sustainability in architectural design @ 5-5:45 p.m.
- Sustainable urban futures @ 12-12:45 p.m.
- K-12 energy efficient education trends @ 1-1:45 p.m.
- SCE homeowners class: California solar initiative rebate program @ 2-2:45 p.m.
- Solving climate change @ 3-3:45 p.m.
For complete program guide, go to: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2013/pdfs/2013_xpo_guide.pdf
Held this year for the first time outside of Washington, D.C., this, the sixth biennial Solar Decathlon, challenges elite collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate affordably priced, solar-powered houses that also have exemplary architectural design. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with advanced energy production, optimal renewable energy generation, and super efficiency, according to Richard King, Director, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.