Architecture at Zero 2018

Architecture at Zero 2018

by Geraldine O'Brien

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the eighth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs.

This year, PG&E is partnering with California State University, Monterey Bay to create a ZNE Student Recreation Center at the campus. ZNE structures are designed from the start to be energy efficient and offset the energy they consume through onsite renewable energy generation such as rooftop solar.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of international experts and awarded up to $25,000 in total prizes.

"The American Institute of Architects, California Council is excited to collaborate on this important initiative that affirms the role of architects in leading efforts to use design to curtail climate change," said Britt Lindberg, AIA, AIACC President.

The competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for ZNE construction to help achieve California's goal for all new residential construction to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.

Last year's competition spurred state-of-the-art designs for a bayside community education and visitor's center at San Francisco State University's Estuary and Ocean Science Center, based in Tiburon, Calif.

The competition is open for entries from students and professionals worldwide now through January 28, 2019.

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