Posted on October 23, 2015

PG&E, American Institute of Architects Announce Winners of Zero Net Energy Design Competition

SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) today (Oct. 23) announced the winners of the fifth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building design. The competition has awarded the six student and professional winners with a total of $25,000 in prizes.

Winning design “Alveo” by EBS Consultants in San Francisco.

For the fifth year of the PG&E-sponsored competition, contestants designed a hypothetical ZNE building on University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Mission Bay campus. Winners were chosen out of over 30 entries that designed plans for multi-family housing that will be a ZNE structure — which produces as much clean energy as it uses during a year through a combination of energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy generation.

Winners for student entries

  • Citation Award to: “Breeze Block” by students from across the nation at Cornell University in New York; Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.; and the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.
  • Citation Award to: “Transformer” by students at the University of Cincinnati

Winners for professional entries

  • Citation Award to: “Alveo” by EBS Consultants and AXIS Architecture + Design in San Francisco
  • Honor Award to: “Conspicuous Consumption” by Weber Thompson in Seattle
  • Honor Award to: “Estuary” by MITHUN in San Francisco
  • Special Recognition Award to: “Mission Zero” by BAR Architects in San Francisco

“The Architecture at Zero competition demonstrates how we can push the boundaries of reducing energy waste through innovative, efficiently designed buildings. Supporting zero net energy designs is one of the many ways PG&E can lead on its commitment to help support California’s ambitious energy efficiency goals — laid out in Senate Bill 350 and Assembly Bill 802,” said Vincent Davis, senior director of Energy Efficiency at PG&E.

Winning design “Breeze Block” by students from Cornell University in New York, Kansas State University and the University of Oregon.

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

The competition engages architecture, engineering and planning experts in the pursuit of designing energy efficient buildings.

A panel of architecture, engineering and design experts chose this year’s winners at an event on the UCSF Mission Bay campus today.

While the designs are not intended for actual construction by the university, the competition will generate new, innovative ideas for ZNE construction to help achieve the California Public Utilities Commission’s goals for all new residential construction in California to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.

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