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.
2015: UC San francisco
The 2015 competition site was part of the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay Campus that would be developed into multifamily residential units over a ground floor of retail, community and support spaces.
2014: JACK LONDON GATEWAY, Oakland, California
The 2014 competition site was comprised of two adjacent parcels, each to be developed as mixed-use housing over commercial, in Oakland, CA. Parcel 1 was to be developed as affordable family housing over a childcare center or wellness clinic. Parcel 2 was to be developed as market rate housing over a grocery store.
2013: The Tenderloin
The 2013 competition site was at the northwest corner of the intersection of Taylor and Eddy Streets in San Francisco. Although currently used as a surface parking lot, the site is zoned for Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density.
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2012: UC Merced
The 2012 design challenge was for a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative office building design for the University of California, Merced. As part of the Architecture at Zero challenge, entrants were asked to create a diagrammatic district energy plan for the Bellevue Gateway development.
The design site for Architecture At Zero 2011 was an industrial urban infill site in Emeryville, California. The design challenge was to create a mixed-use building or set of buildings that included 240 residential housing units, one 1200 square foot retail space and a 4000 square foot new public library branch. As part of the competition, all building designs were required to be grid-tied and reasonably demonstrate the competition’s criteria for zero net energy; that the energy use of the building(s) and its occupants be less than or equal to the energy produced by on-site renewable generation, as measured over a calendar year. See winners.