About the Challenge

Solar Decathlon India is a Net-Zero Building Challenge for postgraduate and undergraduate students from Indian institutions. They learn and design net-zero-energy-water, affordable, and resilient buildings to combat Climate Change through the buildings sector. Student teams partner with real estate developers and develop affordable and industry-ready solutions for real building projects. It is a hands-on, practical, innovation-based challenge that moves the construction and real estate industry towards implementing net-zero solutions developed by students.

In the 9-month-long challenge, students and their faculty mentors learn building science with the help of online Self-Learning Modules and expert mentorship and test their ideas using building simulation software. These final designs have to be innovative, affordable, practical, and market-ready.

Building Divisions

In the 2022-23 Challenge, teams will compete in one of the following six Divisions. These building types propose unique and critical building problems that India faces. The teams will collaborate with the industry to work on regional, yet cutting-edge solutions to these problems.

Evaluation Contests

A Decathlon in sports is an athletic event comprising 10 activities, where athletes compete by excelling in all 10 activities. In the 2022-2023  Solar Decathlon India, participants will be evaluated in the following Ten Contests:

Each contest is a star in its own right and given equal weightage. The teams should excel in each of the contests to succeed. These contests will help the teams master the art of creating integrated net-zero buildings.

Benefits of Participating
For students

This is learning rebooted! 

  • Online Self-Learning Modules and webinars by sustainability experts teaching Building Science concepts and best practices 
  • Access to expert mentors in the Technical Resource Group
  • One-year licenses to simulation software and tutorials.
  • Hands-on experience on real projects, and networks with real estate developers and the industry
  • Finals get access to an Internship Program with top  organizations in the field of sustainability and net-zero
  • Incubation opportunities to selected finalist teams.
For Educational Institutions

Solar Decathlon India provides a platform and support to academic institutions, helping your students learn how to respond to climate change and get placement opportunities.

  • Local and national recognition to the institution as a leader in addressing Climate Change. 
  • Learning material and industry mentorship to help faculty to augment the curriculum. 
  • Access to pan-India Faculty Conference to discuss mentoring methods, learn from peers, and share ideas to develop curricula related to Climate Change.
For Project Partners

A Project Partner can be a developer or another entity that intends to own or invest in a building project. Each participating team collaborates with a Project Partner whose project they will work on. 

  • Risk-free net-zero-energy-water design solution
  • Opportunity to interact with leaders and innovators in the industry. 
  • Chance to attend Design Challenge Finals and see the solutions presented by all teams.
  • Opportunity to recruit the best talent in the market
  • Media exposure and recognition
Eligibility and Forming a Team

Undergraduate or post-graduate students from any Indian institution, from any background, can participate! A team can be made up of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 students. Each team needs to be multidisciplinary, with at least one student from a background in Architecture/Building Science and one in Engineering. Each team must have a faculty advisor, who mentors the team. Each team must partner with a developer or a client whose project they will work on.

Competition Fee

The competition/registration fee for the 2022-2023 Challenge is a non-refundable fee of INR 6,000 (Indian Rupees Six Thousand only) per team.