2009-10 Leading Edge Student Design Competition

Sponsor: nbi, California Energy Commission, PG&E, Southern California Edison, SMUD, AIA

Type: Student

Language: English

Eligibility:  The competition is open to currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate students of architecture, engineering, drafting, and environmental design entering as individuals or teams.  The competition may be treated as a class project or a separate independent study.  A faculty member must supervise all participants.

Registration Fees: none

First Place: $3,000
Second Place: $2,000

Sponsoring Institution
First Place: $1,500
Second Place: $1,000

Time Line:
26 March 2010 – Final Registration Deadline
09 April 2010 – Final Deadline for Submission of Questions
16 April 2010 – Final Posting of Questions and Answers on the Website
11 June 2010 – Deadline for Receipt of Entries
27 August 2010 – Winners notified and posted on the Website
10 September 2010 – Judges Comments Posted

Gregg D. Ander, FAIA
Vivian Loftness, FAIA
Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, IALD, LC, LEEP AP

Design Challenge: 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.  Students and instructors of architecture and design are invited 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 highperformance, 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 netzero 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.

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. The projects will be located on adjacent sites on Long Beach Boulevard.

Submission Requirements: Entrants to challenge one may submit two or three 30”x40” boards arranged with the 40” edge vertical. Entrants to Challenge 2 should submit two 30”x40” boards arranged as above.  Additionally, each entry must include a brief narrative of approximately 750 words, somewhere on the face of the board, discussing the overall energy efficiency and environmental sustainablility aspects of the design.

For more information, go to: http://www.leadingedgecompetition.org/