Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and AIA San Francisco, in collaboration with UC Merced, have announced the winners of Architecture at Zero 2012. Almost fifty entries were submitted from students and professionals around the world, showcasing the best of zero net energy design. All entries can be viewed online, and winning entries are being displayed in the Architecture at Zero 2012 exhibition at AIA San Francisco (130 Sutter St., Suite 600, San Francisco) from November 1 – December 20.
The Architecture at Zero 2012 competition was conceived as a response to the zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) in the 2008 report, California’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. In this report, the CPUC set out four “Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategies” for California that include the goals that all new residential construction in California be ZNE by 2020 and that all new commercial construction be ZNE by 2030.
Jurors for the competition were Edward Mazria, Founder, Architecture 2030; Alison Kwok, Professor, University of Oregon; Stephen Selkowitz, Program Head, Building Technologies Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); and Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief, METROPOLIS magazine.
Architecture at Zero 2012 is sponsored by the PG&E Zero Net Energy Pilot Program, an exploratory research and technical advisory program that is dedicated to furthering the knowledge-building and practice of ZNE building in California.