SAN FRANCISCO — On Oct. 23, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the winners of the fifth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building design.
Out of over 30 entries, six students and professionals were awarded with a total of $25,000 in prizes. The competition, which is sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric includes the contestants designing a zero net energy building for the University of California’s San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus. The designs were for a multi-family housing unit that will be a zero net energy structure. For the structure to be zero net energy, the structure must produce as much clean energy as it uses during a year through a combination of energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy generation, according to a statement from PG&E. “The American Institute of Architects, California Council is delighted to be the competition organizer. The winning designs are not only aesthetically interesting but also demonstrate zero net energy spaces that help UCSP Mission Bay continue its leadership in driving community change through innovative design solutions,” said Lee Salin, president of AIACC in a statement.
The competition includes architecture, engineering and planning, which engages experts in those fields to pursue energy efficient designs. “The Architecture at Zero competition demonstrates how we can push the boundaries of reducing energy waste through innovate, 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,” said Vincent Davis, senior director of energy efficiency at PG&E, in a statement.