Criteria – Just like with the Olympics, the the solar decathlon also consists of ten categories. These assess the performance, livability and affordability of the houses. Each category offers a maximum of 100 points meaning a total of 1000 points can be reached.
Criteria such as architecture, communications and aesthetics are evaluated by a panel of judges, while other catagories are determined by measurements. A dinnerparty and movie night are also being evaluated to portray livability.