About Team Alabama

Team Alabama is made up of 60-plus students who represent wide-ranging backgrounds, interests, and academic disciplines, but share a singular goal — to compete and win at the Solar Decathlon in 2017. Our team includes graduate and undergraduate students studying health sciences, English, engineering, marketing, anthropology, theater arts, biology and more. Many of our team members are looking toward future careers in the renewable energy sector. All of Team Alabama’s SURVIV(AL) members are committed to being a part of the next generation of problem solvers, and to advancing sustainable smart solutions for the future.

UAB Solar Decathlon team

UAB Solar Decathlon team

Team Alabama’s SURVIV(AL) House institutional mentoring team represents an unconventional collaboration between the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Facilities Administration and Management programs (including its Sustainability office) and the academic engineering and business departments on campus. Team Alabama students are working closely with the experienced plumbers, electricians, and carpenters who repair and maintain their residence halls and academic buildings to learn real- world construction skills. UAB students have also worked closely with sponsoring architects and building professionals in the region, as well as with area k-12 schools and non-profits.

About the University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB is a comprehensive urban university with a nationally recognized academic health center. UAB is the only public, four-year degree granting university in the state's largest metropolitan area. UAB is the largest research institution in the state of Alabama and the university is the largest employer in Birmingham. UAB offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health. Our first-professional schools are Dentistry, Medicine and Optometry.

Solar Decathlon 2017

The upcoming Solar Decathlon 2017 will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the 61st & Peña Station on the University of Colorado A line commuter train (connecting Denver International Airport to downtown Union Station).

The Solar Decathlon village and competition houses will be open to the public, free of charge, on nine days over two long weekends:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 2017: 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12-Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

During the remaining dates and times, the Solar Decathlon village is closed to the public for competition activities.

Solar Decathlon 2017 features several activities in addition to the competition, including:

  • Tours of the Solar Decathlon houses and village
  • Solar Decathlon education events, including workshops for consumers and professionals, and Education Days for K-12 schools
  • The Sustainability Expo at Solar Decathlon
  • Community Festival

Creating a More Sustainable Future

The Solar Decathlon is living proof that bright minds can change our world for the better. It provides hands-on experience and unique training that prepare the competitors to enter the clean energy workforce. This international competition has been a driving force in creating renewable energy and energy efficiency awareness since its inception in 2002. Technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon homes have advanced the residential building industry both in the United States and abroad. Former Solar Decathletes who have participated in these events, whether in the United States, China, Europe, or Latin America and Caribbean, have made significant contributions to improve the clean energy economy worldwide.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon on the program website. To view the results of past events, visit the history section and online press room.

UAB Solar Decathlon house, NW perspective.