A team of Northeastern University students was named Finalists in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2021 Design Challenge. The students, guided by faculty advisor Associate Professor David Fannon of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture, will compete virtually before industry-recognized judges at the Solar Decathlon Competition event in April. The Decathlon has grown considerably from its inception, and this year saw 103 participant teams. A maximum of 10 of these teams are invited per division to compete at the final competition event.
The Northeastern “Solar Decathlon” team was launched in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. The team is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and offers students an opportunity to gain experience working between disciplines to design and present a top-notch project to a panel of industry leaders.
The U.S. Department of Energy hosts the Solar Decathlon is an annual collegiate competition that promotes sustainability, efficiency, and innovation in building design. Its goal is to “inspire student teams to design and build highly efficient buildings powered by renewables while optimizing for key considerations including affordability, resilience, and occupant health.” The Decathlon is split into two main programs: the Design Challenge and the Build Challenge.