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Learn more about SCI-Arc/Caltech's performance in the 2011 decathlon by visiting the CHIP 2011 page.

Solar Decathlon 2013 - Team SCI-Arc/Caltech

December 13, 2013

DALE Net-Zero, Solar House from SCI-Arc on Vimeo.

November 4, 2013
The Vinyl Institute, a Sustainability Champion of the SCI-Arc/Caltech team, produced an online video to introduce DALE to the public.

October 3, 2013
SCI-Arc and Caltech decathletes opened their solar home to the public following today’s ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official start of Solar Decathlon 2013. DALE is located on lot #101 at the east end of the Solar Decathlon village at Orange County Great Park in Irvine and can be visited during public hours.

Team SCI-Arc/Caltech’s DALE is a one-of-its-kind, solar-powered net zero home that enables residents to change the configuration of their living environment based on preference.

Not only did the solar village open to the public, but yesterday also marked the first day of the competition. Team scores will be updated daily over the next week and the wining team will be announced October 12th.

In addition to the juried categories, the public can vote online for the People’s Choice Award and pick their favorite solar home at

More about DALE at and

September 26, 2013
LA Times writer Craig Nakano swings by the SCI-Arc campus to Meet Dale just hours before the house is shipped to Orange County for the start of the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition.

SCI-Arc/Caltech Solar Decathlon house on the move, down the 405
(Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2013)

May 29, 2013
SCI-Arc and Caltech Design Uniquely Expanding and Contracting Net Zero Home for Solar Decathlon 2013
The SCI-Arc/Caltech student team introduced DALE to media and sponsors in a sneak preview event held today on the SCI-Arc campus.

Their design, the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, adjusts based on climate, economy and occupants' lifestyle, while maintaining energy efficiency.
Read the full news story >>

February 25, 2013
SCI-Arc/Caltech Team Unveils DALE Design for 2013 Solar Decathlon

Now what if there was a home that could keep up with you? Imagine a home that embraces Southern California's sublime climate and diversity.

Team SCI-Arc/Caltech is pleased to introduce DALE, The Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, their design proposal for the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon competition to take place in October 2013.

To find out more, follow the team on Facebook at MEET DALE.

October 2, 2012
Caltech Writes About SCI-Arc/Caltech 2013 Solar Decathlon

Around this time next year, several students from Caltech and SCI-Arc will be having what seems to be an average day in their shared house: they'll be doing laundry, inviting neighbors over for dinner, watching TV, playing video games, doing homework. But monitors will stop by to weigh the towels the students launder. The neighbors will judge the dinner party. Every kilowatt that passes through the TV and computers will be noted. And all of this will happen in a house that has yet to exist.

July 11, 2012
A 360-degree view of the SCI-Arc Solar Decathlon studio

Jan 26, 2012
SCI-Arc and Caltech Selected Again to Compete in Energy Department's Solar Decathlon 2013

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. A highlight of the DOE announcement is the relocation of the competition to the West Coast, more precisely, to the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. Read more >>


Check the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon website—featuring news, project photos and other competition details.

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Director's Message

Dear friends:

We're extremely proud that the SCI-Arc/Caltech team has advanced to the next stage of the federally sponsored Solar Decathlon competition, which will conclude with the construction of the most progressive new building and energy related typologies on display on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Prefabrication is an enduring subject for architects. SCI-Arc has no interest in simply reiterating that long-running discussion.

We're very much aware that the topic of sustainability in housing and its social and political consequences has become an international topic, central to the discourse on new uses and applications of alternative energy systems.

We expect the SCI-Arc/Caltech team not only to sustain these progressive social and political aspirations, but to orchestrate them and to integrate energy concerns in an abstract technical sense with the human concerns of day-to-day livability.

We anticipate the work of the team will be speculative and creative, and that it will contribute significantly to the evolving redefinition of the interrelationship of housing, construction technology, energy efficiency, and the sociology of housing.

We at SCI-Arc intend to support the work effort of our design and engineering team in whatever manner is required, to enable these most imaginative of students to produce an extraordinary and precedent setting result.

See you on the Mall.

--Eric Owen Moss