PG&E and the American Institute of Architects Announce Winners of Zero Net Energy Design Competition
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American
Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) today announced
the winners of the fifth annual Architecture
at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building design. The
competition has awarded the six student and professional winners with a
total of $25,000 in prizes.
For the fifth year of the PG&E-sponsored competition, contestants
designed a hypothetical ZNE building on University of California, San
Francisco’s (UCSF) Mission Bay campus. Winners were chosen out of over
30 entries that designed plans for multi-family housing that will be a
ZNE structure – which produces as much clean energy as it uses during a
year through a combination of energy efficiency and on-site renewable
Winners for student entries:
Citation Award to: “Breeze Block” by students from across the nation
at Cornell University in New York, N.Y.; Kansas State University in
Manhattan, Kan.; and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.
Citation Award to: “Transformer” by students at the University of
Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
Winners for professional entries:
Citation Award to: “Alveo” by EBS Consultants in San Francisco, Calif.
Honor Award to: “Conspicuous Consumption” by Weber Thompson in
Honor Award to: “Estuary” by MITHUN in San Francisco, Calif.
Special Recognition Award to: “Mission Zero” by BAR Architects in San
“The Architecture at Zero competition demonstrates how we can push the
boundaries of reducing energy waste through innovative, efficiently
designed buildings. Supporting zero net energy designs is one of the
many ways PG&E can lead on its commitment to help support California’s
ambitious energy efficiency goals – laid out in Senate Bill 350 and
Assembly Bill 802,” said Vincent Davis, senior director of Energy
Efficiency at PG&E.
"The American Institute of Architects, California Council is delighted
to be the competition organizer,” said Lee Salin, President, AIACC. “The
winning designs are not only aesthetically interesting but also
demonstrate ZNE spaces that help UCSF Mission Bay continue its
leadership in driving community change through innovative design
The competition engages architecture, engineering and planning experts
in the pursuit of designing energy efficient buildings.
A panel of architecture, engineering and design experts chose this
year’s winners at an event on the UCSF Mission Bay campus today. While
the designs are not intended for actual construction by the university,
the competition will generate new, innovative ideas for ZNE construction
to help achieve the California Public Utilities Commission’s goals for
all new residential construction in California to be ZNE by 2020 and all
new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.
To learn more, visit www.architectureatzero.com.
About the American Institute of Architects, California Council
The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) is the
voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving its members,
advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built
environment. The AIACC is an association of individuals in California,
with more than 11,000 members including licensed architects, emerging
professionals, and allied partners in design. All share their commitment
to excellence and livability in the nation's buildings and communities.
About the University of California, San Francisco
UCSF is a leading university dedicated to transforming health worldwide
through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the
life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.
Founded in 1864 as a medical college, UCSF now includes top-ranked
graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a
graduate division with world-renowned programs in the biological
sciences, a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and top-tier
hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.
Please visit www.ucsf.edu/news.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/
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