Architecture at Zero 2020
Architecture at Zero is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering and planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design.
Student registration is free.
HERE IS WHAT COMPETITION SITES SAY ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
Yeah, we want to dream through competitions, at the same time, we want to make them achievable so that they are true, they can become a true project. Really, in a way, so it’s not just a drawing but it’s something that has potential for it to be an actual project. That’s what drives us, really that innovation is achievable.
— Architecture at Zero competition entrant
Architecture at Zero is presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects California (AIA CA).
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This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
On behalf of our larger team, I wanted to thank you for the hard work on structuring a wonderful competition that provided a great challenge but also a really enjoyable exploration – we really enjoyed the process and thinking about such an important site.
— Professional winner 2015
The 2020 Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy library for the San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA.
Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation. The preferred solution is an all electric zero net energy library. The preferred solution will not include natural gas and will use electric power.
This competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers anywhere in the world.
AWARDS AND JUDGING
Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to student and professional winners.
Entries are judged on the presentation board highlighting the project and the supplementary documentation. A separate review panel will convene to jury the technical components, which will result in a Technical Evaluation provided to the Jury. The Jury will determine the winners from all submissions. The Technical Evaluation is not the sole criterion on which entries will be judged but acts as a complement to the overall project design evaluation.
Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with others. Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted. Criteria include quality of design, resolution of the program or idea, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.
Winners will be announced in June 2020. Details forthcoming.
The registration deadline is April 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm PST and the submission deadline is May 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm PST. Students must complete the registration form.
Please note that the Architecture at Zero competition uses an electronic registration process. If you are submitting multiple projects, you will need to register each project separately.
All submissions shall become the property of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which reserves the right to exhibit and reproduce any of the submissions. By submitting a project, the entrant agrees to all Terms and Conditions outlined in the Architecture at Zero Terms and Conditions. In any public use of the submissions, credit will be given to the design team. All submissions are final.
COMPETITION PLANNING TEAM
Angela McDonald, IALD, LC, MIES, CLD – Energy Centers Supervisor, PG&E
Bill Burke, AIA, LEED BD&C – Energy Centers Building Enclosure Coordinator, PG&E
Peter Turnbull – Former Principal Program Manager, Zero Net Energy, PG&E
Margie O’Driscoll – Principal, MargieODriscoll.com
Geraldine O’Brien – Principal
Anna LaRue – Principal, Resource Refocus LLC (consultant to PG&E)
Margaret Pigman – Technical Consultant, Resource Refocus LLC (consultant to PG&E)
Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA CA – Executive Vice President, AIA CA
Cam Pietralunga – Web/Graphics Designer, AIA CA
Nora Conte, County Librarian, San Benito County Free Library
Erin Baxter, Community Programs Director, San Benito County Free Library
Photos courtesy of the competition planning team.