House demonstration units with very high environmental performance
The Solar Decathlon is an international university competition organized since 2002 and initiated by the Department of Energy of the United States government.
This competition was created with the aim of developing the transmission of knowledge and research in the field of renewable energies and in particular solar energy applied to the habitat. The objective is to have multidisciplinary university teams design and build twenty or so very high environmental performance housing demonstrators that use the sun as their sole source of energy.
Over the years, the solar decathlon has become a major media event, attracting several hundred thousand visitors, and has established itself as the leading international competition in the field of sustainable housing.
Since 2010, this event has found a global resonance as there are now bi-annual editions in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the USA.