The AIA California has announced the winners of its ninth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs. The competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for zero net energy (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.
This year, AIA CA partnered with the San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA. 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 were chosen by a panel of international experts and awarded up to $25,000 in total prizes.
"The American Institute of Architects, California has been excited to collaborate on this important initiative that affirms the role of architects in leading efforts to use design to curtail climate change," said Debra A Gerod, FAIA, AIA CA President.