The National Mall
October 12-20, 2007
October 12-20, 2007
Right-Click to Open Larger Version in another Window or TabEngineering and architectural teams from 20 universities are competing in the Solar Decathlon this year. These teams are designing and building attractive, livable, energy-efficient houses completely powered by the sun. The houses are now being transported, erected and displayed on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Over 100,000 visitors will tour the houses, which will be open except for an hour or two during October 13–16 and October 18–19 and the entire day Wednesday, October 17. During these times, the houses will be undergoing juried evaluations as part of the competition. Each entry will be judged on 10 criteria including style, innovation and efficiency. The winning team will be announced Friday, October 19 at 2 pm.
In addition to the 20 solar-powered homes, there are educational exhibits, solar energy and energy efficiency workshops, and a group of green-building experts will answer questions on the weekends. For a complete schedule of events, please click visit the BP Solar Decathlon blog.
BP developed the Solar Decathlon blog as part of their sponsorship of this event. On the blog, you may learn about each team, click through to their website, learn about the house they designed, read the blog posts written by the different team members, and find out more information about BP and their energy policies.
The Solar Decathlon is part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour. The U.S Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is the primary sponsor of the Solar Decathlon.
Other sponsors of Solar Decathlon include Sprint, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, The American Institute of Architects, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, The National Association of Home Builders, and U.S. Green Building Council.