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Architecture at Zero

Prizes to USA, Canada, and International Students and
Professionals for Designing an Energy Efficient Library

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

LOI Date:

04/17/20

Deadline Date:

05/20/20 1:00 PM PST

Description:

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Prizes of up to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International students and professionals for designing an energy efficient library in a pre-selected location in California. All applicants must first register before the final deadline. The purpose of this competition is to promote net-zero energy building projects.

The Challenge:

The 2020 Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy library for the San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA.

Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide the required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation. The preferred solution is an all-electric zero net energy library. The preferred solution will not include natural gas and will use electric power.

The proposed program is for a new library on the site of the current library at 470 5th St. in Hollister, CA.  The new building will quadruple the space of the current library, greatly increasing access for the entire community.

Notes:

  • Maximum building height is 4 floors.  
  • Maximum building footprint is 15,000 sq. feet.
  • Seismic (earthquake) activity is possible in Hollister, and a fault line runs close to the competition site. Competition submissions should focus on energy performance and will not be evaluated on a response to seismic safety.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173777

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$25,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Full-time student entrants must provide a copy of their student ID.

Anyone who was a full-time student within or after the 2019 calendar year is eligible to register as a student regardless of whether they are still studying. So people who graduated in 2019 or are taking time off from school are still eligible to register as students. However teams made up of students and professionals should register as professionals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Representatives from the San Benito County Free Library and PG&E will lead a tour of the competition site on March 21, 2020 at 12 noon. This session will be filmed and questions and answers posted on the website for those unable to attend in person.

Address: 470 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA

Wear sturdy shoes.

The tour will take approximately 60 minutes.

To attend: Please confirm your attendance via RSVP using the email in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

The registration deadline is May 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm PST and the submission deadline is May 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm PST. Students must complete the registration form.

Winners will be announced in June 2020.

The entry fee for architects, engineers and designers is $275. The entry fee for students and recent grads is $0.

Please note that the Architecture at Zero competition uses an electronic registration process. If you are submitting multiple projects, you will need to register each project separately.

Entries are judged on the presentation board highlighting the project and the 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.

Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with others. Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted. Criteria include quality of design, resolution of the program or idea, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

Winners will be announced in June 2020. Details forthcoming.

FAQ: http://www.architectureatzero.com/faq/
Site resources: http://www.architectureatzero.com/site-resources/
Technical resources: http://www.architectureatzero.com/technical-resources/
Registration and Application Information: http://www.architectureatzero.com/register/
Terms and Conditions: http://www.architectureatzero.com/terms-and-conditions
More information about Architecture at Zero may be found here: http://www.architectureatzero.com

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register Online:
http://www.architectureatzero.com/register

To confirm attendance at the competition site tour:
info@architectureatzero.com

415-305-0427

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