Then in 2002 the US Department of Energy created the Solar Decathlon. This international competition was designed to challenge up to twenty collegiate teams “to design, build and operate the most attractive, effective and energy efficient solar powered house.” Aside from those initial demands, the winner must also blend affordability, market appeal and a profound level of success in the design – all with an eye to the most efficient energy production. There are ten contests within the decathlon, each earning a maximum of 100 points. They are defined as architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, affordability, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and energy balance.
Judges are looking for excellence in each category, but the overall goal is to produce a house that can be appealing to the buyer, wholly powered via solar energy and be completely comfortable. In 2011 the winner of the Solar Decathlon was the University of Maryland with their ‘WaterShed’ house. The students reported their design was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. They illustrated their inspiration by managing water in four categories: potable water (drinking),…[ad_2]
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