Fifth Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition Opens to Contestants

Net Zero Energy competition
This design won Special Recognition in the Professional category last year and was the entry of SERA & Glumac, Portland, Oregon.

Architecture at Zero 2015 is a zero net energy (ZNE) design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering,and  planning in the pursuit of energy efficient design.   The competition was conceived as part of the response to the zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission in 2008.  

This year contestants will be asked to design a ZNE building at a housing site on the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Mission Bay campus. The multi-family housing design should produce as much clean energy as it uses during a year through a combination of energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy generation.

The contest, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, California Council and Pacific Gas & Electric,  will award up to $25,000 in total prizes in October and be judged by a panel of international experts.

“The American Institute of Architects, California Council is delighted to be the competition organizer,” said Lee Salin, President, AIACC. “The winning designs will be not only be aesthetically interesting but also create ZNE spaces that will help UCSF Mission Bay continue its leadership in driving community change through innovative design solutions.”

The deadline for submissions is  September 25 at 1:00 pm PST.  Here is a link to competition website.

Tracey Smith About Tracey Smith
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.