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In California, Pacific Gas & Electric and AIA San Francisco sponsor an annual $25,000 competition, Architecture at Zero, that asks entrants to design grid-connected structures that are zero net site energy. That means, according to the challenge’s definition, that the structures need to produce “at least as much energy as it uses over a year when accounted for at the site level (as defined by the boundaries of the project, whether one or multiple buildings).” It’s impossible to predict exactly how much energy a building will consume before it’s built, so entrants also have to demonstrate that their projects can meet the goal over time—most likely by reducing building energy loads 50% below current standard building loads in California.
 This year, Architecture at Zero challenged to design an administration building or student housing for the University of California, Merced on land that currently contains parking lots, a trailer, and grazing land. The top honor award went to Silver Streak, a project from Bay Area firm Loisos + Ubbelohde.

In California, Pacific Gas & Electric and AIA San Francisco sponsor an annual $25,000 competition, Architecture at Zero, that asks entrants to design grid-connected structures that are zero net site energy. That means, according to the challenge’s definition, that the structures need to produce “at least as much energy as it uses over a year when accounted for at the site level (as defined by the┬áboundaries of the project, whether one or multiple buildings).” It’s impossible to predict exactly how much energy a building will consume before it’s built, so entrants also have to demonstrate that their projects can meet the goal over time—most likely by reducing building energy loads 50% below current standard building loads in California.


This year, Architecture at Zero challenged to design an administration building or student housing for the University of California, Merced on land that currently contains parking lots, a trailer, and grazing land. The top honor award went to Silver Streak, a project from Bay Area firm Loisos + Ubbelohde.