Zero Net Energy Urban Architecture


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The competition seeks creative and feasible approaches to urban ZNE building to broaden the conversation around how a site zero net energy project will be approached now and in the future.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing, Library, Sustainability
Country California, United States
RegDeadline 29 November 2011 GoogleCal iCal
29 November 2011 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

The Architecture at Zero competition was conceived as a response to the zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) in the 2008 report, California’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. In this report, the CPUC set out “Four Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategies” (BBEES) for California that include the goals that all new residential construction in California be ZNE by 2020, and all new commercial construction be ZNE by 2030.
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. 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 program is to design a mixed-use zero net energy building or set of buildings on an urban industrial infill site. The building(s) are to include 240 residential units, one 1200 square foot retail space, and a new - 4000 square foot public library branch. The building(s) must be grid-tied.

Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
Bob Berkebile, FAIA, BNIM
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa Architecture
Allison Williams, FAIA, Perkins + Will
Stephen Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

$25,000 in total prize money
There will be at least two awards given, one for a student entry and one for a professional entry.

Entry Fee
Architects, Engineers, and Designers: $100 Entry Fee + $60 Board printing fee
Architectural and Engineering Students: Free Entry + $60 Board printing fee

Boards (24” high x 36”) and project summary

Submission Address
the AIA San Francisco gallery
130 Sutter St. Suite 600
San Francisco, CA

Winners announcement: December 7, 2011 at the Emeryville City Hall
Exhibition: December 8, 2011- January 27, 2012 at the AIA San Francisco gallery

PG&E, AIA San Francisco

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