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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
AIA is sponsoring the 2023 competition cycle of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon! As part of the Solar Decathlon challenges (Design and Build), top collegiate students from across the globe compete to design high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables.
The 2023 Design Challenge track has just launched with 124 teams from 97 collegiate institutions working to solve the climate crisis, one zero-energy building at a time.
Teams will present their zero energy building designs at a virtual semifinal event in February 2023. Up to 60 finalist teams will compete during an expert-juried final competition event in April 2023 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, or virtually.
Many teams use the Design Challenge as an on-ramp to the two-year Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, where teams construct or renovate permanent zero energy houses in their local communities.
Explore the participating teams map to see if your alma mater or a nearby collegiate institution will be competing…and stay tuned to see who wins in April!