The Solar Decathlon is an international competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered, energy-efficient homes that combine affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence houses. A Stevens team, “The Learning House,” will compete in the 2013 competition. Its design and construction – which will take two years to complete – will embrace the idea of a home as an engineered system of systems with embedded intelligence at the core. The house will ultimately be assembled at the competition site in Irvine, California in Fall 2013.

Event Timeline

October 3–13

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California

In October 2013, the Department of Energy will hold it's sixth Solar Decathlon competition.  Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.