Every two years, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsors an international competition, called the Solar Decathlon, to design, build and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home. College and university teams from around the world transport their competition houses to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to assemble a solar village and participate in the ten-part contest.
This video, produced by Rahus Institute-Solar Schoolhouse, chronicles the 2005 & 2007 Solar Decathlon competitions. It tells the story of the talented student teams, highlights their innovative technology, and suggests strategies for a sustainable future.
The original film, focusing just on the 2005 Solar Decathlon Competition, can be seen here
The Solar Decathlon book (by Rahus-Solar Schoolhouse) featuring the teams and homes of the 2005 event. Preview the book.pdf
In 2013, the Solar Schoolhouse Crew filmed a series of episodes @ the Solar Decathlon and the students’ role.
We called it WattTrekker. Below is the introductory episode. We got better at making videos as we progressed, so thanks for sticking with it. The whole WattTrekker Solar Decathlon 2013 series is posted here.