The Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition for universities from all over the world; the aim is to advance knowledge on industrialised and sustainable homes, with a particular emphasis on high efficiency and energy self-sufficiency. The final phase of the competition will be held in Madrid in June 2010, and will consist of the assembly and exhibition of 20 houses designed and built by the different participating universities. EvoEnergy are designing and sponsoring the solar installation for the Nottingham Univeristy house.

EvoEnergy are working with the University of Nottingham”s School of the Built Environment to deliver the solar design for a zero carbon sustainable design solution- a code for Sustainable Homes compliant Zero Carbon Home that works as a terrace or semi-detached form.

The competition is organised and supported by the Ministry of Housing of the Spanish Government together with the U.S. Department of Energy. The Solar Decathlon Competition has four main purposes:

1.To educate the student participants about the many benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings, and to challenge the students to think in new ways about energy and how it impacts on our everyday lives.

2.To raise awareness among the general public about renewable energy and energy efficiency and what technologies are available today to help them reduce their energy consumption. The Solar Decathlon is open to the public on certain days where visitors can see these technologies in action. The event serves to encourage all of us to act responsibly when making energy choices.

3.To help move solar energy technologies into the marketplace faster, taking advantage of the interest of the students in research and development into energy efficiency and energy production technologies.

4.To demonstrate that it is possible to build highly efficient industrialised homes that are sustainable without abandoning comfort, aesthetics and the pleasure of living in them.

The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition for universities from all over the world; the aim is to advance knowledge on industrialised and sustainable homes, with a particular emphasis on high efficiency and energy self-sufficiency. The final phase of the competition will be held in Madrid in June 2010, and will consist of the assembly and exhibition of 20 houses designed and built by the different participating universities. EvoEnergy are designing and sponsoring the solar installation for the Nottingham Univeristy house.

EvoEnergy are working with the University of Nottingham”s School of the Built Environment to deliver the solar design for a zero carbon sustainable design solution- a code for Sustainable Homes compliant Zero Carbon Home that works as a terrace or semi-detached form.

The competition is organised and supported by the Ministry of Housing of the Spanish Government together with the U.S. Department of Energy. The Solar Decathlon Competition has four main purposes:

1.To educate the student participants about the many benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings, and to challenge the students to think in new ways about energy and how it impacts on our everyday lives.

2.To raise awareness among the general public about renewable energy and energy efficiency and what technologies are available today to help them reduce their energy consumption. The Solar Decathlon is open to the public on certain days where visitors can see these technologies in action. The event serves to encourage all of us to act responsibly when making energy choices.

3.To help move solar energy technologies into the marketplace faster, taking advantage of the interest of the students in research and development into energy efficiency and energy production technologies.

4.To demonstrate that it is possible to build highly efficient industrialised homes that are sustainable without abandoning comfort, aesthetics and the pleasure of living in them.