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Factsheet: Competition & Living Lab Platform
The Annex background is the success story of the Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is an international student competition based on an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy started in 2000. In this competition, universities from all over the world are challenged to design, build and operate solar powered houses. It is the only student competition worldwide addressing the realization and performance assessment of buildings and not the design only. During the competition’s final phase, each interdisciplinary team assembles its house in a common Solar Village. The final phase includes a public exhibition, monitoring and 10 contests, the reason why the competition was named a "Decathlon". Thirteen competitions have been conducted up to the end of 2017 with eight took place in the US, three in Europe, one in China and one in Columbia. With the United Emirates and Morocco, two countries in hot climates will held competitions in near future.