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Student Home Design Competition Puts Sustainability First
U.S. Department of Energy / April 1, 2014
As part of its Building America Program, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is engaging college students across the United States to participate in the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition and become part of this leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable homes. This competition will provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs with skills and experience to start careers in the field of clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems.
Through the Challenge Home, DOE seeks to apply proven innovations for high-performance homes that can be implemented by the home building industry, thereby serving as “models for success.” Submissions for this competition will demonstrate the teams’ knowledge and skills to design, analyze, and plan the construction of quality, high-performance homes that meet or exceed the DOE Challenge Home requirements.
Competition Timeframe & Framework
The competition will be held on a two-year cycle that alternates with the Solar Decathlon. The Decathlon’s off year in the United States serves as the award-year for the Challenge Home competition, providing a two-year timeframe for teams to prepare their submissions. For this inaugural year of the competition, the timing will be as follows:
- Registration Deadline: December 16, 2013
- Fall Semester 2013/Spring Semester 2014: Students Develop Design for Submittal
- Mid-Spring Semester 2014: Submittals Due March 30, 2014
- Spring Semester 2014: Awards Presented
Each team must be sponsored by a collegiate institution, be comprised of at least three students and a faculty advisor, and have a designated team lead. Student teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary in nature and have industry advisors, such as a local home builder, to help inform their decision-making process.
For more detail on the competition and its criteria:
- Download the Student Design Competition Guide
- Competition Final Prep Presentation for Registered Teams
- Contact Home Innovation Research Labs
Primary Team Resources
(Other resources are outlined in the Competition Guide)
- Excellence in Building Science Education
- DOE Challenge Home requirements
- EEBA Houses That Work Online Education
- REM/Rate™ Simulation Software, by Architectural Energy Corporation
Interested in supporting the Challenge Home? Contact the Department of Energy’s Home Innovation Lab.