Support the SOLAR DECATHLON
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition, initiated in 2002, that has grown to showcase much more than solar technologies.
Today, the 10 contests that make up the Solar Decathlon inspire student teams to design and build highly efficient buildings powered by renewables, while optimizing for key considerations such as affordability, resilience and occupant health.
Learn more about the Solar Decathlon at solardecathlon.gov.
SOLAR DECATHLON 2020
The 2020 University of Denver Solar Decathlon team was founded based on the desire to share the collected knowledge of energy efficient building practices with the surrounding community. The DU team will set an example with a net-zero renovation of a single-family residence.
As the residence is located in a floodplain, the team will develop a cost-effective plan following Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines in transforming a 1950s home into the modern age. Floodplain homeowners can discover budget-conscious options available for updating their existing infrastructure and enjoy the comforts of their home for years to come.
The 2020 Solar Decathlon was postponed due to COVID-19.
SOLAR DECATHLON 2017
RISE, designed by the University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver, placed third overall at the U.S. Department of Energy 2017 Solar Decathlon. The team earned first place in the Appliances Contest and second place in Health & Comfort, Home Life and Energy.
2020: Competition postponed
2017: 3rd Place
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