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Solar Decathlon Europe - The art of smart building

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The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges collegiate teams to design and build houses powered exclusively by the renewable energy sources: the main aim of competition is to promote of architectural solutions related to solar energy, renewable energies and innovative technologies through the houses built by the university teams.

By today Solar Decathlon has become the world’s most significant architectural innovation competition organized between universities. 


The basic goal of the initiative is to foster the cooperation of university researchers and developers with industrial partners and sponsors, building on the creativity and innovative abilities of young people, and design such innovative and energy efficient houses that may be showcase homes demonstrating sustainability, based on the use of renewable energy and the conscientious use of resources. 


The competitors not only make plans during the competition but they also construct the selected entries at the venue of the finals (this time in Szentendre in the summer of 2019).


University teams apply to Solar Decathlon from all around the world. Each qualifying Team, consisting of university students and often their mentors, first model construct the designed showcase house model in its own campus and then the completed building parts are transported to the venue of the competition, where its final assembly takes place. 


The work performed by the participants of the competition is evaluated on the basis of a wide-ranging system of criteria, where aspects of architecture, sustainability, energy efficiency, construction, aesthetics, awareness raising activities and results as well as market potential are considered. 


The Teams and the houses they construct have to undergo the so-called decathlon, which cover all the important aspects of environment, architecture, society and market that a modern competition aiming to promote sustainable architecture needs to address these days.


The university students of the world can once again compete with each other in Europe after five years: the project plan submitted by ÉMI won the call for tenders published for the organization of the event by the Energy Endeavour Foundation, an independent non-profit foundation endorsed by the US Department of Energy to steer and steward Solar Decathlon competitions in Europe, so the popular and internationally recognized competition will be held in Szentendre, Hungary in 2019.