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Posted on June 22, 2017

PG&E Announces Seventh Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition

By Ari Vanrenen

PG&E and the American Institute of Architects, California Council today (June 22) announced the seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building designs. The competition is open for entries from students and professionals worldwide now through Jan. 30, 2018.

Zero net energy buildings are designed from the start to be energy efficient and offset the energy they consume through onsite renewable energy generation such as rooftop solar.

This year, PG&E is partnering with San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

Among the winners of last year's Architecture at Zero contest was this entry from a Canadian team.

The challenge is to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center supporting the mission of the center based in Tiburon.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of international experts and awarded up to $25,000 in total prizes.

“The American Institute of Architects, California Council is excited to collaborate on this important initiative that affirms the role of architects in leading efforts to use design to curtail climate change,” said Jana S. B. Itzen, president of the American Institute of Architects, California Council.

The competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for zero net energy construction to help achieve California’s goal for all new residential construction to be zero net energy by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be zero net energy by 2030.

Last year’s competition spurred state-of-the-art designs for student housing at the San Francisco State University campus.

Vincent Davis, PG&E’s senior director of energy efficiency, said PG&E is proud to sponsor Architecture at Zero for the seventh consecutive year.

This competition demonstrates what’s possible with zero net energy and how these designs can drive energy efficiency in our local communities and build towards California’s clean energy future,” Davis said.

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