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.
- 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.