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Winners of Solar Decathlon India Design Challenge for Net-Zero Future Proof Building 2022-23 announced

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Mysuru: Solar Decathlon India (SDI) recently concluded its 3rd edition, showcasing the innovation and talent of 1780 students from 126 academic institutions. The challenge, held at Infosys’ sustainable campus in Mysuru, aimed to develop net-zero energy-water and climate-resilient solutions for the building sector in India.

Six student teams emerged as winners in their respective divisions, presenting net-zero solutions for real building projects. Team V⁰ from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, clinched the coveted Grand Prize for their promising and investment-worthy design. The winners were honored at the Finals, which featured keynote speaker Anish Malpani, an innovator and social entrepreneur.

The Council of Architecture (CoA) and the Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the reach and impact of Solar Decathlon India in addressing climate change. This partnership will encourage architectural educational institutions and students to participate in the competition, fostering further innovation in the building sector.

The Finals, hosted at Infosys’ campus, were conducted as a carbon-neutral event. The trophies awarded to the winners were carbon negative, exemplifying how climate change mitigation can be achieved through creativity and perseverance.

Solar Decathlon India also facilitated an internship fair, providing leading organizations working on climate change and net-zero buildings with an opportunity to recruit talented individuals.

Satish Kumar, President and Executive Director of AEEE, emphasized the transformative potential of the competition in redefining the building sector, inviting builders, developers and academia to join the movement towards energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainability.

Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), highlighted the importance of resilient net-zero buildings in the urban transition to limit global warming, as outlined in the IPCC AR6 2023 Synthesis report. The innovative solutions proposed by Solar Decathlon India finalists integrate renewable technologies, sustainable design, and community engagement.

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