ARCHITECTURE AT ZERO 2016

Client: Zero Net Energy, PG&E

Competition Site: San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

On behalf of PG&E Zero Net Energy staff, Resource Refocus collaborated with AIA California Council to develop the competition brief for the 2016 competition, with a site on the San Francisco State University campus.  The competition website is here.

 

2016 COMPETITION JURY

  • Gregg D. Ander, FAIA - President and Managing Director | Gregg D. Ander, LLC
  • Edward Dean, FAIA - Principal | Bernheim + Dean Inc.
  • Christopher Hawthorne - Architecture Critic | Los Angeles Times
  • Paul Torcellini, PhD - Principal Engineer, Design | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Allison Williams, FAIA - Vice President & Design Director, Western Region | AECOM

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

PG&E Press Release - “PG&E Sponsors Zero Net Energy Design Competition” (June 9, 2016)


ARCHITECTURE AT ZERO 2015

Client: Zero Net Energy, PG&E

Competition Site: UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus, San Francisco, CA

On behalf of PG&E Zero Net Energy staff, Resource Refocus collaborated with AIA California Council to develop the competition brief for the 2015 competition, with a site at the Mission Bay campus of UC San Francisco. The competition winners are here.

 

2015 COMPETITION JURY

  • Bob Berkebile, FAIA - Principal|  BNIM Architects
  • Allison Williams, FAIA - Vice President & Design Director, Western Region | AECOM
  • Paul Torcellini, PhD - Principal Engineer, Design | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Gregg D. Ander, FAIA - President and Managing Director | Gregg D. Ander, LLC

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

PG&E Press Release - “Annual Architecture at Zero Competition Opens for Energy Efficient Building Design” (April 28, 2015)


Architecture at Zero 2014

Client: Zero Net Energy, PG&E

Competition Site: Jack London Gateway, Oakland, CA

On behalf of PG&E Zero Net Energy staff, Resource Refocus collaborated with AIA Foundation to develop the competition brief for the 2014 competition, with a site in the Jack London Gateway neighborhood of Oakland, CA. The competition winners are here.

 

2014 COMPETITION JURY

  • Edward Mazria - Founder, Architecture 2030
  • Bob Berkebile, FAIA - Principal|  BNIM Architects
  • Allison Williams, FAIA -Vice President & Design Director, Western Region | AECOM
  • Katie Gerfen - Senior Editor, Design | Architect Magazine
  • Paul Torcellini, PhD - Principal Engineer, Design | National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

PG&E Press Release - “PG&E and AIA Foundation Announce Winners of Zero Net Energy Design Competition” (December 5, 2014)


 

Architecture at Zero 2013

Client: Zero Net Energy, PG&E

Competition Site: The Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA

On behalf of PG&E Zero Net Energy staff, Resource Refocus collaborated with AIA San Francisco to develop the competition brief for the 2013 competition, with a site in The Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. The competition winners are here.


Architecture at Zero 2012

Client: Zero Net Energy Pilot Program, PG&E

Competition Site: UC Merced Campus

On behalf of the PG&E Zero Net Energy Pilot Program, Resource Refocus collaborated with AIA San Francisco and PG&E Pacific Energy Center staff to develop the competition brief for the 2012 competition, with a site at UC Merced. 

 

DESIGN CHALLENGE

The design challenge was a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative office building design for the University of California Merced in Merced, California. As part of the Architecture at Zero 2012 challenge, entrants were also asked to create a diagrammatic district energy plan for the Bellevue Gateway development. The buildings were designed to be part of the Bellevue Gateway, a new mixed-use development located on the campus that will act as both the primary entrance to the University and as a bustling center of activity with sports facilities, dining, residential spaces, administration, and parking. The competition winners are here.

 

2012 Competition Jury

  • Edward Mazria, Founder, Architecture 2030
  • Alison Kwok, Professor, University of Oregon
  • Stephen Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine

 

Media Coverage

San Francisco Chronicle - Architecture at 2012 exhibit at AIA SF covered in John King’s column (December 4, 2012)

Fast Company - “This College Building Produces As Much Energy As It Uses” (November 7, 2012)

Arch Daily - “‘Silver Streak’ Architecture at Zero 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates” (October 30, 2012)

EarthTechling - “Winners Announced in Net Zero Building Contest for UC Merced” (October 29, 2102)

Academy of Art University - “Academy Students Recognized in Architecture at Zero 2012″

Merced Sun-Star - “Competition showcases energy-efficient designs” (October 24, 2012)

PG&E Currents - “Winners Announced for PG&E-Sponsored ‘Zero Net Energy’ Competition” (October 24, 2012)


Architecture at Zero 2011

Client: Zero Net Energy Pilot Program, PG&E

Competition Site: Emeryville, CA

On behalf of the PG&E Zero Net Energy Pilot Program, Resource Refocus collaborated with AIA San Francisco and PG&E technical staff to develop the Architecture at Zero design competition. Architecture at Zero is an international open ideas competition with a focus on the specific challenges of creating urban zero net energy (ZNE) buildings.

 

Design Challenge

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. The competitors also met specific program criteria chosen from the City’s general and specific area plans, including open space requirements for the site, and the extension of the street grid into the site.

The competition site was a former Sherwin-Williams paint factory for almost 100 years and was in the completion stages of site clean-up during the 2011 competition. The competition winners are here.

 

2011 Competition Jury

  • Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
  • Bob Berkebile, FAIA, Principal|  BNIM Architects
  • Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa Architecture
  • Allison Williams, FAIA, Principal| Perkins + Will
  • Stephen Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

 

Media Coverage

Metropolis Magazine – Notes From Metropolis, “Steep Learning Curve” (January 2012 issue – posted online January 25, 2012

Examiner – “Architecture at Zero: striving for net zero energy buildings” (December 9, 2011)

San Francisco Chronicle - “Competition Yields Innovative Neighborhood Designs” (December 8, 2011)

PG&E Currents - “Zero Net Energy Building Designs Come Up Winners” (December 7, 2011)

PG&E Press Release - “PG&E and AIA San Francisco Announce Winners of Competition for Zero Net Energy Building Designs” (December 7, 2011)