ARCHITECTURE AT ZERO: Library Competition


Sponsors: PG&E, AIA California
Type: Open, International, one-stage
Language: English
Design professionals – US$ 275
Students – No fee

Eligibility: Architects, designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers and interns and students

17 April 2020 – Registration deadline
11 May 2020 – Submission deadline
June 2020 – Winners announced

• Gregg D. Ander, FAIA
• Marsha Maytum, FAIA
• Cole Roberts PE, LEED AP 
• Paul Torcellini, PhD
• Allison G. Williams, FAIA

Awards: $25,000 in total prize money

Submission format: Electronic

Design challenge:
The Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy (ZNE) library for San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA.  The new building will replace the existing structure.
First, entrants will create an overall site plan and are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown. Second, entrants will design the building in detail, and should demonstrate how the design will achieve zero net energy (ZNE) performance. In order to support that the building design can meet the ZNE performance goal, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation.


Note for students only:
Affirming the commitment to students of architecture and engineering, PG&E is offering, at no charge, a technical review of student entries to the Architecture at Zero competition. Students and student teams are encouraged, but not required to take advantage of this opportunity.This review will be performed by technical reviewers-NOT members of the final jury. Technical reviewers will include energy experts from PG&E, as well as some of California’s most knowledgeable architects and engineers. This “deskcrit” will focus on energy consumption and production of the proposed design, as opposed tothe architectural design. Reviewers will evaluate energy metrics, EUI’s, and estimates of renewable technologies and other topics. A list of requirements will be sent by January 10, 2020.DETAILS: To participate in this review, students must register online for a specific time slot. Available dates and times will be sent to students in December. Reviews will be held in Feb/Mar 2020.  Time slots are limited!


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