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SDME 2020

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The Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) was created through an agreement signed between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Department of Energy of the United States of America, in June 2015, in order to organize a sustainable solar house competition in Dubai, in 2018 and 2020. 

The  ten  SDME  contests  will  follow  the  lines  of  those  in  previous  editions  of  the  competition,  with  some  customization to challenge the teams to adapt their designs to the heat, dust & high humidity experienced in the Middle East.

The goal of the SDME Organization is to contribute to the knowledge and dissemination of industrialized, solar and sustainable housing. For more information about SDME 2020, Click here.

SDME Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the students participating in the competition, on the benefits and opportunities offered by the use of renewable energy technologies, energy management and sustainable construction, challenging them to think creatively and develop innovative solutions that contribute to energy savings.
  • To  encourage  professionals  from  different  industries  to  select  materials  and  systems  that  reduce  the environmental impact of their buildings, optimizing its economic viability and providing comfort and safety of occupants.
  • To  educate  the  general  public  about  responsible  energy  use,  renewable  energy,  energy  efficiency,  and  the technologies available to help them to reduce/optimize their energy consumption.
  • To encourage the use of solar technologies.
  • To  promote  architecturally  attractive  solar  system  integration,  working  on  using  the  solar  technologies  to replace conventional construction materials in the building envelope such as the roof, skylights or facades.
  • To clearly demonstrate that high performance solar homes can be comfortable and attractive.
  • To increase public awareness about energy for residential use. The competition demonstrates that a beautifully and well‐designed house can generate enough electricity to meet the needs of a household.

The Solar Decathlon Middle East will raise the prestige and visibility of the selected participating universities, as they are part of the small group of top institutions that will compete in the world's most important Solar House Event. 
One  of  the  main  characteristic  elements  of  the  Solar  Decathlon  Middle  East  competition  is  its  emphasis  on  sustainability, innovation and research. The participant teams work not only to develop and build their houses, but also to enhance the systems' integration and generation of knowledge on sustainable construction. 
Solar Decathlon Middle East offers students a unique opportunity for learning, taking theory and putting it into practice, and doing so through a case study.  Students  working  on  the  project  will  be  challenged  to  use  their  innovation capacity, and their ability to design and build an energetically self‐sufficient solar house. The projects are developed by multidisciplinary teams, giving the students the opportunity to learn not only about technical issues but also about teamwork, communication skills, a sustainable lifestyle and socio‐economic issues in order to ensure the viability of their project. 

SDME Pillars:




Clean Energy


Smart Solutions