Find out more about the student "race to zero."

DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition Webinar

May 20, 2013
2:00 PM Eastern
via GoToMeeting

The Department of Energy (DOE) is sponsoring a Challenge Home Student Design Competition to provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs with skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems. Please join us on a webinar on Monday, May 20th at 2:00 pm EDT to learn more about the competition, benefits of participation, judging criteria and submission requirements.

Through this competition, students will be challenged to transform a standard house design into a high performance design given real-world constraints of a site location, occupant demographics, and financial parameters. Ultimately a Race to Zero, students will have the opportunity to combine their building science, design, and analytical knowledge to provide creative solutions in meeting performance goals outlined in the DOE Challenge Home program and within practical constraints. This Design Competition experience can be directly translated to industry expectations for a new generation of energy efficiency professionals capable of meeting the demand for high performance homes and buildings. Finalist teams will be invited to attend the competition’s judging day and present their proposals to a panel of practitioner judges. The winning team proposals will be publicly recognized and made available on the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition website.

The competition is scheduled to coincide with the 2013-2014 academic calendar. The competition rules and resources will be available online starting over the summer and student teams will be able to begin their work on their competition submission starting in the Fall Semester 2013.  Final submissions will be due in Spring 2014 with the judging panel and winners decisions announced before the end of the Spring Semester.

Each team must be sponsored by a collegiate institution, be comprised of at least three students and a faculty advisor, and have a designated team lead. Student teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary in nature and have industry advisors, such as a local home builder or architect, to help inform their decision-making process.

Click here to register for the webinar. The presentation and more information about the competition are available online