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Competition program


Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition officially started on October 5th 2016, after the Opening Cerimony at World Green Economy Summit in Dubai, and will end in Dubai in November 2018.

During the 2 years of the competition, the 21 competing Teams will have to design and build their own Solar Houses and to transport them to Dubai in October 2018 for the final phase of the Competition where, completely operational, they will be open to the public and evaluated by an international jury according to the 10 competition contests.

Team Sapienza’s ReStart4Smart Solar House will be built in Rome, at the Pomezia multipurpose center of CEFME-CTP, starting in Autumn 2017, immediately after the design phase.

After completion, the Smart Solar House will be disassembled and reassembled in order to test and simulate construction procedures and timing, in view of the final competition phase in Dubai from 14th to 28th of November 2018 in the Solar Hai at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest PV Solar plant.

Then, operational tests will be carried out during the hottest months of June, July and August 2018, when the climatic conditions of humidity and temperature are closer to those found in Dubai during the competition. The achievement of all major energy and environmental certifications is also planned (LEED, Protocollo Itaca, Estidama, EU Energy Certification).

Download the Competition program.

Watch the amazing video of days 1-7 of construction works in Dubai !

Watch the amazing video of days 8-14 of construction works in Dubai ! 



During the construction and monitoring period, guided tours have been organized at the CEFME-CTP Center to the construction yard for education and training on sustainable architecture and renewable energy sources. These, along with educational activities in schools, are an important activity which will be pursued in Team Sapienza’s Communication plan.

After the Competition Phase, the ReStart4Smart Solar House will become a permanent laboratory open to the public and will tour and be shown in Exhibitions and Events of national and international relevance.