Architecture at Zero

Sponsor: PG&E Zero Net Energy Pilot Program

Type of competition: Open, international, ideas, one-stage

Language: English

Location: California

Eligibility: Architects,engineers and designers

Registration Fees: (AIA San Francisco is an electronic registration process)

Architects, Engineers, and Designers:
$100 Entry Fee + $60 Board printing fee
Architectural and Engineering Students:
Free Entry + $60 Board printing fee
(Boards will be printed at ARC on 100% recycled material at a discounted price only available to Architecture at Zero entrants.  Boards may not be printed by the entrant and submitted to AIA SF, all boards must be submitted digitally to ARC.)


29 November 2011 – Submissions deadline


• 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 will be awarded. There will be at least two awards given, one for a student entry and one for a professional entry. Final decisions and prize money distribution will be made solely by the jury.

Design challenge: The design site is an industrial urban infill site in Emeryville, California. The design challenge is to create a mixed-use building or set of buildings that includes housing, retail space and a new public library branch. All buildings designed as part of the competition must be grid-tied. The project must meet the competition’s criteria for zero net energy: the energy use of the building(s) and its occupants must be less than or equal to the energy produced by on-site renewable generation (as measured over a calendar year). 
In addition, the site program will respond to the specific conditions of the City’s general plan, including open space requirements for the site, and the extension of the street grid into the site. Taken together, these factors will provide an exciting and challenging group of “real world” conditions.

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