Architecture at Zero 2016

concorso per studenti e professionisti

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iscrizioni entro il 30 settembre | consegna entro il 28 ottobre 2016

Creare una residenza per studenti ad energia zero nel campus dell'Università di San Francisco (USA). È la sfida lanciata dall'edizione 2016 del concorso Architecture at Zero, che riserva ai vincitori un premio di 25mila dollari.

Architecture at Zero 2016 is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering, planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design. This year's competition is a student housing project on San Francisco State University campus.

The competition has two components. First, entrants will create an overall site plan to accommodate 784 housing units, student services, dining center, childcare facility, and parking, detailed in the Challenge Program. Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown, especially ones that apply to a district scale. Second, entrants will design one building, in detail, to indicate zero net energy (ZNE) performance. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation.


This competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers anywhere in the world.

Awards and judging

Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to student and professional winners.

Entries are judged on the presentation board highlighting the project and any supplementary documentation. A separate review panel will convene to jury the technical components, which will result in a Technical Evaluation provided to the Jury. The Jury will determine the winners from all submissions. The Technical Evaluation is not the sole criterion on which entries will be judged but acts as a complement to the overall project design evaluation.


Gregg D. Ander, FAIA (Gregg D. Ander, LLC), Edward Dean, FAIA (Bernheim + Dean Inc), Cathleen McGuigan (invited) Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record, Paul Torcellini, PhD PE (Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Allison G. Williams, FAIA LEED AP.

Full details on the dedicated competition website:

The Architecture at Zero competition, now in its sixth year, 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.