Seventh Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition


Sponsor: PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric), AIA California Council, San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

Type: open, one-stage

Topic: science education facility in Tiburon, California


The competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers internationally


  • Architects, Engineers and Designers: $275
    • Students and Recent Grads: $0


September 2018 – Representatives from San Francisco State University and PG&E will lead an in-depth tour of the competition site in September. Please register to receive details.

10 January 2018 – Registration deadline

30 January 2018 – Entry deadline


$25,000 in total prizes


  • Gregg D. Ander, FAIA
  • Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture critic
  • Marsha Maytum FAIA, LEED AP
  • Paul Torcellini, PhD PE
  • Allison G. Williams, FAIA LEED AP


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. The competition has two components. First, entrants will create an overall site plan to accommodate the program. Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown.  Second, entrants will design two buildings in detail, to indicate zero net energy (ZNE) performance. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation.


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