Architecture at Zero 2020 Competition

Architecture at Zero is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering and planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design.
The design challenge is to create a zero net energy library for the San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, 
This competition, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, serves to inform the public of the need for more energy efficient buildings and the value of design excellence in resolving the challenge.
Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to students and professionals.
Architects, designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers and interns and students of these disciplines.
  • Gregg D. Ander, FAIA
  • Marsha Maytum, FAIA
  • Cole Roberts PE, LEED AP 
  • Paul Torcellini, PhD
  • Allison G. Williams, FAIA
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 17, 2020; 6:00 pm PST
Students (free)
Professionals ($275)
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.
The competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers anywhere in the world. Up to $25,000 will be awarded to student and professional winners. 
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