30.06.2020 Jakob Schoof

Solar Decathlon Europe 21 to take place in 2022

The final of the Solar Decathlon Europe 21 (SDE21) has been postponed due to coronavirus. Originally, the international university competition for sustainable architecture and building construction was due to take place in Wuppertal, Germany, in September 2021. It has now been moved to June 2022.

According to a press release from the organizers, the decision was taken by the organising team in close agreement with partners and the participating teams. “It would have been difficult to host a major event that involves 18 teams from eleven countries and attracts large numbers of visitors in 2021. However, our main reason to postpone the competition is that the current situation significantly affects the quantity and quality of the teams’ contributions”, Daniel Lorberg, head of the project, reports.

Ensure a fair competition
As coronavirus measures vary from country to country, some teams are more strongly affected by the current situation than others. “The SDE21 schedule is very tight. The teams have less than two years to design an entire building and to construct one representative residential unit in Wuppertal”, Katharina Simon, project director for architecture and urban innovation, points out: “Thanks to the postponement, the teams have more time to prepare and we can ensure a fair competition.”
Real solutions for real-life challenges

Due to coronavirus, the research accompanying the Solar Decathlon Europe 21 has also been put on hold. “The SDE21 is not about building just any house, no matter how. It is about finding answers for the city of tomorrow that will actually make a difference. By delaying the competition, we provide the conditions to do just that”, Daniel Lorberg sums up.

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