Solar Decathlon Europe 2014
Created in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is an international competition open to universities and institutions of higher education worldwide, giving them an opportunity to compete in meeting a challenge: “Design and build a solar house that is energy independent.”
It is held biennially in the United States, in odd-numbered years, at the prestigious National Mall in Washington, D.C. Since 2010, the Solar Decathlon has also been organized in Europe in even-numbered years.
Each new competition is an opportunity to refine the requirements that the projects must meet. The scientific goal of the Solar Decathlon is to improve the transmission of knowledge, research work and experimentation in the field of renewable energy, and notably solar energy.
This competition is also an opportunity to increase public awareness of the houses of tomorrow and to present the materials, products and technologies that will be used in building them. After an open call for candidacies which includes the general rules of the competition, 20 teams are selected. The selection is made based on the project presented and only those teams presenting a house that meets the requirements laid down in the rules, which are the specifications for the competition, are accepted.
For more information about Appalachian State's entry, please visit:http://reciprocity2014.com/