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build. connect. live!

Important Note: The Energy Endeavour Foundation (EEF, governing body of the Solar Decathlon Europe, or SDE) and the SDE23 Host City Executives (EFdeN) have made a joint decision to close the Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 edition in Bucharest, Romania. Further information is available in the article here:

Get ready! 2023 in Bucharest, Romania! Teams are called for another edition of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Update: A webinar for the SDE23 Call for Teams took place on September 22, 2021, and can be found here

In support of a thriving and collective commitment to energy literacy, the SDE23 Organisation, a collaboration between the Energy Endeavour Foundation (EEF) and the SDE23 Host City Executives (Asociatia Solar Decatlon Bucuresti, also known as EFdeN) invites university Teams to apply for the upcoming Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 edition, set for August-September 2023 in Bucharest, Romania.

The SDE23 theme ‘Build. Connect. Live!’ encourages the spectrum of proposals intended for the contrasting and varied environments from the Teams’ different communities of choice or of origin. Each Team is challenged to demonstrate how its house enables the Team’s concepts of connected living. With this central theme as a guiding principle, Teams from post-secondary educational institutions will be selected to deploy and exhibit the potential of sustainable architecture and engineering.

While all editions of the Solar Decathlon Europe are international in breadth, and in scope, each celebrates the diverse cultural, historical, and geographic attributes of the Host City’s country. The SDE Competition is a public event, attracting broad, multi-cultural, multi-generational audiences from neighbouring European countries and beyond.

Importantly, the SDE prides itself on the singularity of hosting its various editions in a multinational context. From Spain, then France, to Hungary, Germany, and, now, to Romania, the Solar Decathlon Europe is indeed an exemplary model of key European values: freedom, sustainable development, social inclusion and equality, and Europe’s inestimable cultural and linguistic diversity.

Teams and their corresponding institutions are invited to submit proposals which will be reviewed, evaluated, and ranked, based on a specific set of criteria. Teams will be selected to embark on a nearly two-year project with an ambitious mission: to design, build, and operate highly energy efficient dwellings that combine innovation, affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence.

“To our SDE23 Teams: You are the ones we need: architects, engineers, building scientists, communicators, project managers and more! You are the ones who will help shape our understanding of how we can live today, showing us that healthy, flexible, multi-purpose spaces are the homes we will share, no matter where we are on this incredible planet.”
_ Louise Holloway, EEF Director

Update to prospective Teams: You can now register, send both your registration fee, and letter of intent, until November 11, 2021, 17h00 CET. The final step is your full application submission by November 12, 17h00 CET. Team selection will be announced in December 2021.

Teams interested in submitting proposals are invited to download the documentation package (SDE23 Call for Teams document, and SDE23 Rules Reference document) through this link: A press kit, including web graphics, poster, and images is available through this same link.

For more info about the Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 Competition, please click here to go to the SDE23 Host City Executives’ website.

Energy Endeavour Foundation – 21 June 2021