SD | The Swiss Team Wins Solar Decathlon 2017

Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons today announced the winning team of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Swiss Team took first place overall by designing, building, and operating the house that best blended architecture, engineering, water, health and comfort, home life, and energy, etc. The University of Maryland took second place followed by the University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver team in third place.

The results of the Market Potential and Engineering contests were also announced today. Northwestern took first place in market potential by scoring 92 of 100 possible points. Team Netherlands claimed second place with 90 points, and Team Daytona Beach took third place with 85 points.

Here are jurors’ comments to Northwestern:

The jury for the Market Potential Contest noticed that the 1st place team excelled in understanding their target client and also the broader market around the client.

The jury said that this team exhibited an outstanding use of focus groups, in-home visitation, storyboards, and a sociolinguistic analysis used to identify and validate design attributes through interviews in their target market segment.

The jury noted the team’s reliance on market research ended up producing a beautiful and well-thought-out home that showcases its use of space and choice of rooms. The jury was impressed by the overall livability of the house in its environment. When they toured this spacious house with beautiful finishes, jurors simply wanted to move in. the attractive and livable framework could bring this house to bear a significant impact on the residential market.


The Swiss Team took first place in engineering with a perfect score of 100 possible points. University of Nevada, Las Vegas claimed second place with 98 points, and Northwestern took third place with 95 points.


Here are jurors’ comments to the Swiss Team:

The Engineering Contest jury noted that the 1st place team’s project demonstrates creative integration of architectural and engineering systems that are remarkably well done and impressive in their flexibility and performance. Jurors found the documentation and drawings to be top-notch and clear with excellent detailing and well-crafted drawings.

The jury believes the 1st place house in the engineering contest offers comprehensive performance modeling that sports clear graphs, detailed explanations and a variety of representations. The quality of the thermal envelope is exceptional and carefully calibrated to the target climate with very good resistance to heat flow, a solid focus on airtightness, and high quality components such as triple-glazed windows and sliding doors. Operable panels designed and fabricated by students are well detailed and clean in their execution. Custom made controls and monitoring are exemplary with good graphics and user-interface.

Overall, the jury noted that quality of the integrated systems, the well-crafted documentation, and the rigorous modeling, which is clearly presented and well-conceived in this first-place winning house.