The Solar Decathlon competition was created in 2001 by the United States Department of Energy. The event’s main purpose is creating a portfolio of student-built energy-efficient, sustainable and comfortable solar houses.Different universities compete against each other, with solar houses they design and build. During the competition each house is tested in ten different categories. At the end, the house with the highest score wins.The first international edition of the Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 on the National Mall in Washington D.C. A large number of visitors came to see the solar houses, participate in educational workshops and discover the potential of renewable energies. It continued in 2005, 2007, 2009, its popularity constantly raising. In 2010, the city of Madrid organized the first two editions of Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE). This first experience was a success and called for more.France was chosen for the next European event in 2014 and we are the Romanian entry for this edition.
SDE 2012 was organized by the Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development at the Spanish Ministry of Public Works in collaboration with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the support of the US Department of Energy. In addition, SDE counts with the collaboration of the Madrid City Council and Spanish Energy Saving Energy Agency IDAE, and the sponsorship of Saint-Gobain (main sponsor), Schneider Electric, Rockwool, Kömmerling and FCC.
Solar Decathlon Europe website: http://www.sdeurope.org
Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 website: http://www.solardecathlon2014.fr