PPI SUPPORTS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) DESIGN COMPETITIONReturn to DOE Programs
PPI's Building & Construction Division has renewed its commitment to the Solar Decathlon - Design Challenge event for 2021. This is PPI’s 7th year supporting this DOE program (formerly known as the Race to Zero).
The 2021 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge will take place at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado on April 16-18, 2021.
Qualifying teams complete a design project and attend Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Weekend, where they present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors, compare their projects to those of other teams, learn from presentations by thought leaders and collegiate peers, and engage with a variety of organizations about energy careers. Winning teams are recognized at an Awards Banquet, and winning Project Presentations are published on the website. The competition and winners are promoted through a variety of media outreach efforts, which provide participants and their collegiate institutions an opportunity for national exposure.
Since 2015, PPI is an Education Sponsor and BCD's Director of Engineering Lance MacNevin will return as a juror. He is also available to student teams to guide them on the design of efficient plumbing and mechanical systems.
PPI encourages design teams to incorporate innovative plumbing and mechanical systems to improve the health, safety and welfare of your building occupants and the efficiency of your buildings. This includes systems such as:
- Fire protection
- Hot- and cold-water plumbing
- Hydronic radiant heating & cooling
- Ground source geothermal piping systems
To provide inspiration and guidance, we are pleased to share the following information about the systems which are based on technologies supported by our organization and our members. Please review the following:
- PPI Resources for Design Challenge Teams
- Design Challenge – PPI Plumbing & Mechanical Solutions (presentation)
- Design Challenge – PPI Plumbing & Mechanical Solutions (webinar)
- Innovative Plastic Piping Applications
Note: Photo credits to "DOE Solar Decathlon"