Here is a link to a blog post by Victor Olgay of the the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a principal there and was a recent juror at the US DOE annual Solar Decathlon competition. We also share time at the University of Colorado Design Review Board His thoughts about the competition I believe extend more broadly to be a very powerful statement about how architecture should be practiced today. I taught a design studio at CU Boulder that was the beginning of the first CU entry (which ultimately won that year!) It has come a long way.
Please have a read: