Eleven special prizes at the Solar Decathlon Europe in Wuppertal



● The SDE 21/22 will take place in Wuppertal from 10-26 June. © SDE 21/22

The Solar Decathlon Europe will take place in Wuppertal from 10 to 26 June 2022. Eighteen international university teams will present their visions for climate-friendly urban building and living. Practice partners award eleven special prizes during the event.

The Solar Decathlon challenges students to design, build and operate high-performance, low-carbon buildings that mitigate climate change and improve our quality of life through increased affordability, resilience and energy efficiency. For its 20th anniversary, the award-winning event will come to Germany for the first time from 10-26 June 2022.

The unique thing about the SDE 21/22 is that there will be actual construction – not models, but eighteen real and fully functioning buildings. Visitors can look forward to a glimpse into the future of our cities: more climate protection through less consumption of resources and more use of renewable energy.

Making our cities fit for the future

The Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 (SDE 21/22) in Wuppertal features a new concept. For the first time in the history of the Solar Decathlon competitions, the focus is on renovating and extending existing building stock as this offers significant potential for the urban energy transition. The 18 participating university teams from eleven countries are dealing with three urban building tasks: renovation and extension, addition of storey or closing gaps. Taking existing buildings worldwide as a starting point, the teams will demonstrate architectural solutions for a sustainable, climate-resistant and socially-responsible built environment.

The Solar Decathlon is a hands-on event. Around 1 500 students from all over the world will present the latest know-how on solar and energy-efficient building in one place in Wuppertal. Therefore, the teams will build one- to two-storey buildings with up to 110 m² of living space, which combine high-quality architecture, construction and building technology.

Closing the Gap Between Research and Practice

The SDE 21/22 teams will compete with their projects in ten contests. In addition, they have the chance to win eleven so-called Out of Competition Awards. The awards are presented by institutions and associations from the field. They honour outstanding achievements and topic-specific solutions for various future trends.

One aim of the OOC Awards is to promote the transfer of knowledge between research and application. The organisers determine the award criteria and possible expert juries. The evaluations and public award ceremonies will take place during the event in Wuppertal.

The OOC Awards

(in alphabetical order)
  • Applied Mobility Sciences Award by the European Platform of Transport Sciences – EPTS Foundation e.V.
  • Craft Award 'Building for Future' by the Solingen-Wuppertal District Craft Association
  • German Sustainable Housing Award by the German housing industry (GdW)
  • Green BIM Award by the Association of German Engineers (VDI)
  • Human Centered Interior Architecture Award by the Association of German Interior Architects (bdia)
  • Indoor Air Quality Award by the Association for buildings and indoor air quality (FGK)
  • Mirke Choice Award Price of the Mirke District (Wuppertal)
  • Peoples Choice Award Audience award
  • Solar Award by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) & Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC)
  • Sustainable Architectural Lighting Award by the German Lighting Society (LiTG)
  • Timber Construction Award by the cooperation of Timber Construction Associations

Out of Competition Awards



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