Winners of Four US Solar Decathlon 2013 Contests Announced. Engineering Contest and Overall Winners to Be Announced Tomorrow.


On Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, winners of the U.S. Solar Decathlon’s Affordability Contest, Market Appeal Contest, Architecture Contest and Communications Contest were announced. The Engineering Contest results and the overall winner of the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2013 will be announced tomorrow, Saturday, October 12. Current team standings for the Decathlon are available on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.

On Thursday, it was announced that three teams tied for first place in the Affordability Contest by earning the full 100 points for achieving a target construction cost of $250,000 or less: (1) Norwich University ($168,385), (2) Stanford University ($234,092), and (3) Kentucky/Indiana from University of Louisville, Ball State University, and University of Kentucky ($248,423). Team Ontario from Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College won second place for its house ($257,584) in the Affordability Contest, and Middlebury College took third place ($263,083). The winners of the Affordability Contest “demonstrated that innovation in sustainable building can be achieved and implemented in real-world application,” said professional estimator Rich Anderson of Faithful + Gould. “These teams have delivered affordable, livable homes that are also attractive to everyday consumers.”

The University of Nevada Las Vegas also “wowed the jury” taking home first place in the Market Appeal Contest for its house, DesertSol. Team Austria from Vienna University of Technology won second place in Market Appeal for its house, and Czech Technical University from the Czech Republic and Stanford University tied for third place for their houses. The Market Appeal Contest evaluates the livability, marketability, and constructability of each house and its appeal within the housing market of the target client chosen by each team.

On Friday, it was announced that Czech Technical University took first place in the highly competitive Architecture Contest. Stevens Institute of Technology won second place in the Architecture Contest for its house, Ecohabit, and the University of Southern California won third place for its house, fluxHome. The winners of the Architect Contest were judged by a jury of professional architects for the house’s architectural elements, environmental compatibility and occupant comfort, design inspiration, and construction specifications.

Vienna University of Technology received top honors in the Communications Contest. The University of Nevada Las Vegas won second place in the Communications Contest and Middlebury College took third place. The wines of the Communications Contest were judged by a jury of communications professionals on the team’s website, public exhibit materials, public tours, and audiovisual presentation for clear and consistent messages, representative images, and creative audience engagement.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Additional Resources: U.S. Department of Energy

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