This competition is based on 18 collegiate teams around the world, designing and building houses that demonstrate the advantages of a solar lifestyle.

Sept. 29-Oct. 19, 2005, Competition, Oct. 12

This competition is based on 18 collegiate teams around the world, designing and building houses that demonstrate the advantages of a solar lifestyle. The teams move their houses to Washington, DC, where they construct a solar village on the National Mall and compete in 10 different contests, including how well the solar homes perform in providing energy for space heating and cooling and hot water. The village is open to the public Oct. 7-16, with the exception of Oct. 12, when the judging takes place.
www.eere.energy.gov/solar_decathlon