5th Annual Architecture at Zero Competition

5th Annual Architecture at Zero Competition

by Levent Ozler

The fifth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building design is now open for submissions from students and professionals worldwide. The competition engages architecture, engineering and planning experts in the pursuit of designing energy efficient buildings.

Contestants will design a ZNE building at a housing site on University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF) Mission Bay campus. They will have the unique opportunity to design multi-family housing that will be a ZNE structure, which produces as much clean energy as it uses during a year through a combination of energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy generation.

"The Architecture at Zero competition pushes the boundaries with innovative efficiency technologies integrated with beautifully designed buildings that are at the forefront of creating a more sustainable future for our customers," said Vincent Davis, senior director of Energy Efficiency Programs at PG&E.

"We are proud to sponsor this competition and build a better California by giving our customers an exciting view into the home of the future."

A panel of international experts will jury the competition and award up to $25,000 in total prizes in October 2015. The intent is to generate new, innovative ideas for ZNE construction to help achieve the California Public Utilities Commission's goal for all new residential construction in California to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.

The deadline for submissions is September 25, 2015.

more: architectureatzero.com (576)