Leading Edge Competition 2009-10


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This year the competition focuses on the coastal city of Long Beach, California. Students entering Challenge 1 will design a zero-net energy Workforce Training Center; students entering Challenge 2 will design a zero-net energy Student Residence.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Students, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Sustainability
Country United States
RegDeadline 26 March 2010 GoogleCal iCal
11 June 2010 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Challenge 1 for all students above the 2nd year of their training (i.e. 3rd year through graduate students) and Challenge 2 for 1st and 2nd year students

The 2009/2010 Leading Edge Student Design Competition seeks to support and enhance the study of sustainable and energy-efficient building practices in architectural education. With our 15th competition, we invite students and instructors of architecture and design to use the competition as a framework to explore the use of new materials and strategies for building, and the integration of aesthetics and technology for high- performance, cutting-edge architecture that approaches the goal of zero-net energy use.
A zero-net energy building generates enough on-site renewable energy to equal or exceed the amount of energy needed to operate the building. This is also known as net- zero site energy. Since a significant proportion of the nation’s use of fossil fuels comes from heating and cooling buildings, creating zero-net buildings is an important way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming.

Gregg D. Ander (FAIA, Chief Architect, Manager, Design & Engineering Services, Southern California Edison)
Vivian Loftness (FAIA, University Professor and Head, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Senior Researcher, Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics)
Nancy Clanton (PE, FIES, IALD, LC, LEED AP, President, Clanton & Associates, Inc.)

First Place (each challenge): $3,000 (Student), $1,500 (Sponsoring Institution)
Second Place (each challenge): $2,000 (Student), $1,000 (Sponsoring Institution)
Certificates of Merit

Entry Fee

Challenge 1: two or three 30” x 40” boards
Challenge 2: two 30” X 40” boards

Submission Address
Nasim Yalpani
Southern California Edison
6042 N. Irwindale Avenue, Suite B
Irwindale, CA 91702

August 27, 2010 Winners Notified and Posted on Website
Sept. 10, 2010 Judges Comments for All Entries Posted on the Website

Past winners

Southern California Edison, California Energy Commission, New Buildings Institute, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Official Website