sde23 call for teams_build. connect. live!
In support of a thriving and collective commitment to energy literacy, the SDE23 Organisation, a collaboration between the Energy Endeavour Foundation (EEF) and the SDE23 Host City Executives (Asociatia Solar Decatlon Bucuresti, also known as EFdeN) invites university Teams to apply for the upcoming Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 edition, set for August-September 2023 in Bucharest, Romania.
Initiated in 2002 by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Solar Decathlon is a university-level competition for resource-responsible and energy-efficient architecture and engineering. Targeting clean-energy workforce and building sectors, approximately twenty student Teams compete in the design, construction and management of innovative dwellings powered by renewable energy. The prototype houses are brought to the Competition site and assembled in approximately fourteen days. The site becomes an open forum and exhibition, where the houses are operated, demonstrated to the public, and evaluated by a jury of renowned international adjudicators.
The SDE23 theme ‘Build. Connect. Live!’ encourages the spectrum of proposals intended for the contrasting and varied environments from the Teams’ different communities of choice or of origin. Each Team is challenged to demonstrate how its house enables the Team’s concepts of connected living. With this central theme as a guiding principle, Teams from post-secondary educational institutions will be selected to deploy and exhibit the potential of sustainable architecture and engineering.
While all editions of the Solar Decathlon Europe are international in breadth, and in scope, each celebrates the diverse cultural, historical, and geographic attributes of the Host City’s country. The SDE Competition is a public event, attracting broad, multi-cultural, multi-generational audiences from neighbouring European countries and beyond.
Importantly, the SDE prides itself on the singularity of hosting its various editions in a multinational context. From Spain, then France, to Hungary, Germany, and, now, to Romania, the Solar Decathlon Europe is indeed an exemplary model of key European values: freedom, sustainable development, social inclusion and equality, and Europe’s inestimable cultural and linguistic diversity.
The SDE23 Organisation is composed of the Energy Endeavour Foundation, and the SDE23 Host City Executives (from the Asociatia Solar Decatlon Bucuresti, otherwise known as EFdeN). Sharing their collective expertise, the two entities form a collaborative team as they prepare the SDE23 in Bucharest, Romania.Importantly, the SDE prides itself on the singularity of hosting its various editions in a multinational context. From Spain, then France, to Hungary, Germany, and, now, to Romania, the Solar Decathlon Europe is indeed an exemplary model of key European values: freedom, sustainable development, social inclusion and equality, and Europe’s inestimable cultural and linguistic diversity.
The Solar Decathlon Europe is governed by the Energy Endeavour Foundation. A Netherlands-based non-profit business entity, the EEF is endorsed by the U.S. DOE to steward the SDE. Custodian of the SDE Rules and SDE brand, the EEF produces the European-wide SDE Call for Cities and its corresponding international SDE Call for Teams. Providing strategic SDE guidance, tools, systems, networks, data, branding, project advisory, support, and administration, the EEF transfers project-specific knowledge and expertise to SDE Host City Executives, working collaboratively to ensure the continuity of the Solar Decathlon Europe, from one edition to the next. The Energy Endeavour Foundation provides the structure and framework for the future of the SDE.
sde23 host city execs
Asociatia Solar Decatlon Bucuresti (EFdeN) is the engine behind Bucharest’s SDE legacy involvement. Having participated in previous SD editions in Europe and the Middle East, SDE23 Host City Executives have invested vibrant and relentless energy in the Solar Decathlon and its values. Asociatia Solar Decatlon Bucuresti / EFdeN is the designated winner of the pan-European SDE23 Call for Cities, as directed by the Energy Endeavour Foundation.
Teams and their corresponding institutions are invited to submit proposals which will be reviewed, evaluated, and ranked, based on a specific set of criteria. Teams will be selected to embark on a nearly two-year project with an ambitious mission: to design, build, and operate highly energy efficient dwellings that combine innovation, affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence.
To our SDE23 Teams:
You are the ones we need: architects, engineers, building scientists, communicators, project managers and more! You are the ones who will help shape our understanding of how we can live today, showing us that healthy, flexible, multi-purpose spaces are the homes we will share, no matter where we are on this incredible planet.” Louise Holloway, EEF Director
The deadline for full submissions is scheduled for November 12, 2021, 17:00 CET.
Team selection will be announced in December 2021.