SDiPro and EEBA Partner to Launch Exciting Competition for Green Builders

Huge boost for residential sales of healthy, high-performance homes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., January 5, 2021 ( - Smart Decathlon for innovative Professionals (SDiPro) launched a partnership with the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) to jumpstart consumer demand and ramp up sales of high-performance homes through a compelling competition. ​

SDiPro aims to accelerate the large-scale production and sale of healthy, resilient, energy-efficient homes for today’s consumers at affordable price points. SDiPro focuses on innovation in dwellings with the latest and greatest “smart” technology. In the Spring 2021 competition, professional builders, design firms, and developers will strive to outdo each other in ten juried virtual design contests. In 2022, teams will build and showcase their state-of-the-art residential units at on-site events across the country. During highly publicized marketplaces, the public will be invited to tour these unique models, with options for immediate purchase. The goal? Highlight the best high-performance builders and sell more green homes. 

“My experience as Founder and former Director of the U.S. Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon showed me the power of challenging student competitions that motivate inventive thinking beyond our wildest dreamsNow it’s time to get professionals involved. Imagine how fired up the public will be with a competition of professionals that pushes the envelope even further, including models for sale on the spot.” Richard King, CEO, Creative Energy  

SDiPro features both virtual and physical models of residential units with public engagement, to pivot the green building industry toward center stage. Ten contests emphasize architecture, interior design and adaptability, water conservation, health and safety, engineering, sustainable materials, energy self-sufficiency, marketing and media, affordability, and inclusion of “new talent.” SDiPro encourages start-ups, entrepreneurs, and minority businesses to participate.

In partnering with EEBA, the nation’s leading community dedicated toward sustainable building, SDiPro is a spark plug to ignite consumer knowledge about the green building industry. The result? Increased demand for residential units as “safe sanctuaries” that are sustainably-built and resilient, due to extensive publicity and increased awareness.

“EEBA has been a partner of Solar Decathlon for many years, and we’ve seen the competition motivate students to join the high-performance building industry, as well as ideas from the students inspiring new and more sustainable construction methods within our community. Our partnership with SDiPro is a natural extension of this relationship with our joint goals of accelerating the adoption of zero health impact, zero energy and zero carbon home at scale, providing the perfect showcase and sales platform for the great homes offered by EEBA Community Members.” Aaron C. Smith, CEO, EEBA 


Application guidelines and entry form are available at: Deadline for entry is March 1, 2021. Up to 15 teams will be invited to participate.

Those selected submit additional documentation by  July 1, 2021.

On-site events that showcase model homes for the public take place in Spring 2022. 

To learn more, join this free webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 pm Central with SDiPro founders, Melissa and Richard King, and EEBA’s Aaron Smith: “Dive into the Smart Decathlon for innovative Professionals.” Webinar Series || EEBA  

Partners and Sponsors

SDiPro’s success depends on the generosity of partners and sponsors. This support will drive market transformation to stimulate the push toward healthier, greener homes at affordable prices. Contact the SDiPro team to get involved:  

About SDiPro: Created in 2020, SDiPro is a new competition that aims to accelerate the development and availability of zero energy, high performance dwellings with innovative “smart” 21st century features to preserve the long-term health of our planet.


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