Architecture at Zero Competition: And the Winners Are…

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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.

Click here to see the recipients.

For the fifth year of the PG&E-sponsored competition, contestants designed a hypothetical ZNE building at a housing site 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 energy generation.

The challenge of climate change looms large for all of us. Ideas inspired by this competition, which encourages engineers and architects to design to zero net energy, can provide a ray of hope for the future- whether our children live at this beautiful campus- or across the globe.

Earlier this week, President Obama convened a roundtable with business leaders, including the CEO of PGE. At this meeting, President Obama said:

“If we are at the forefront of climate change adaptations,
if we are innovators,
if we are the early adapters,
if we are the example setters,
then we are the ones who are going to be creating and selling the products and services that help the entire world adapt to a clean energy future.”

These simple words, by our President, pave a path toward a more resilient future- for everyone on our planet- but starting here in our own backyard.

Congratulations to the winners of the Architecture at Zero competition!



The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the National AIA organization.

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