UAF students encouraged to register for Solar Decathlon

Maggie King
Sept. 16, 2022

A group of students stand on a stage. Student in the center of the group holds a trophy over her head.
Photo provided by Chandler Kemp
UAF Solar Decathlon team holds up their trophy at the 2022 competition in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

UAF students interested in design, engineering, building science, sustainability or livability are encouraged to register for the 2022-2023 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Team meetings and class start on Sept. 21, and students are encouraged to register now by completing this form.

The Solar Decathlon is an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The event invites teams representing universities from around the world to compete across ten competitive categories to design the “best” home that generates at least as much energy from renewable resources as it uses. Any student interested in studying and creating the spaces where people live is encouraged to register. 

UAF students can earn up to five academic credits over two semesters for participating in the competition and completing the associated coursework. Students will spend the fall semester choosing the type of structure to design and learning key building design concepts. During the spring semester, they will design the home, create a digital model, build a physical 3D model, describe the cultural significance of the design and complete energy system modeling. 

To learn more, check out the highlight reel posted by the U.S. Department of Energy (UAF’s third place winning 2022 team is prominently featured). Please direct any questions to Chandler Kemp.