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Design a Zero Net Energy Building for the 2014 ‘Architecture at Zero’ Competition and You Could Win Up to $25K in PrizesOctober 31st, 2014

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Now in its fourth year, Architecture at Zero is an international design competition that seeks creative and feasible approaches to zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. The competition, sponsored by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, is part of a long-term plan to make all new residential and commercial construction in California be ZNE. Architecture at Zero is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers worldwide. This year’s competition site comprises two parcels of land in Oakland, California and each are to be developed as mixed-use housing over commercial. Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to winners. The submission deadline is October 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm PST.

October 31st, 2014

October 31st, 2014



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


All submissions are final

There is no limit to the number of entries that an individual or firm may submit; however, each must be submitted separately with separate payments.

In addition to professional firms, entries from individuals or teams are allowed and encouraged. We recommend that entrants who are employed by another company review and comply with their employer’s policies in this area prior to submitting an entry. Any public announcements or references will be to the individual or design team and not to any individual’s professional affiliation.

See Submission Requirements for more details.


Bob Berkebile, FAIA

Principal, BNIM Architects

Katie Gerfen

Senior Editor, Design, Architect Magazine

Edward Mazria

Founder, Architecture 2030

Paul Torcellini

Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Allison G. Williams FAIA LEED AP