The first Solar Decathlon took place in the United States in 2002. The idea rapidly attracted international interest and the competition now exists in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East. Due to its global presence, the competition covers a range of different venues and projects and generates comprehensive data on a continuous basis. The collected know-how is made accessible in a newly created online database.
The ‘Building Energy Competition & Living Lab Knowledge Platform’ developed at the University of Wuppertal gathers data from all previous and future competitions and living labs. Its goal is to promote the central storage of future competitions and living labs, creating the foundation and opportunities for further analyses. The online database is accessible in English to scientists, organisers, teams, and enthusiasts free of charge.
Compact information at a single glance
All living labs and buildings will be documented in the database and will be connected to the universities through an interactive map. In addition to contest documents, such as project manuals, drawings, images and scorings, monitoring data will also be made available. Tags will allow further analysis, for instance regarding the technologies and materials used, and building performance. In addition, there will be teaching materials including online tools and documents.
The development of the online database is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It is part of Annex 74 of the ‘Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme’ (EBC) within the International Energy Agency; IEA. Annex 74 is led by the SDE21 Competition Director Karsten Voss of the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Wuppertal and by Sergio Vega of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
The Energy Endeavour Foundation provides valuable services and input through its extensive network of SDE legacy alumni. The University Wuppertal, Polytechnic University of Madrid, PNO Consultants and the Energy Endeavour Foundation are supported by the European Commission with the contract ‘Solar Decathlon Europe – Analysis of the results.’ ●