$25,000 Challenge for Zero Net Energy Design


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By Victoria Lanier

EMERYVILLE, CA — Architecture at Zero is an international competition to challenge and promote design ideas for zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. A total of $25,000 in award money will be divided between at least one student and one professional. Organizers seek creative and feasible ways to urban ZNE building.

“Zero net energy goals come with a number of new design challenges, especially in urban infill situations where project sites will not always be optimal for passive energy-saving strategies or integration of renewable generation,” according to the competition’s Web site. “In addition, many challenges will need to be addressed when adapting ZNE building to common urban forms, from high-rise commercial towers to multi-family residences.”

The competition is open to students, architects, engineers, and designers anywhere in the world. The challenge came in response to the ZNE targets set by the California Public Utility Commission. The commission’s long-term strategic plan is for all future residential and commercial construction to be ZNE.

The competition is sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco. All entries are due electronically by November 29, 2011 at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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