PG&E And AIA San Francisco Announce Winners of Competition for Zero Net Energy Building Designs

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA SF) in collaboration with the University of California at Merced, will announce the winners of the second annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs.

ZNE buildings produce as much clean energy as they use during a year through a combination of designed energy efficiency and on-site, grid-tied renewable energy production. This year’s competition site is UC Merced, a campus with aggressive energy efficiency goals, including a campus-wide ZNE goal by 2020.

To help generate innovative ideas for zero net energy building designs, the Architecture at Zero 2012 competition challenge is to design a new student housing or administrative building for the UC Merced campus as well as a schematic district energy plan for a defined site on campus. International experts judged the entries and awarded $25,000 in total prizes.


  • Steve Malnight, vice president of customer energy solutions, PG&E
  • Margie O’Driscoll, executive director, AIA San Francisco
  • Dorothy Leland, chancellor, UC Merced
  • Winners of the Architecture at Zero competition

Wednesday, October 24 at 10:00 am

University of California, Merced
Kolligian Library, Room 355
Merced, CA

Free parking for the media is available on campus. Please contact Lorena Anderson, senior public information representative, at 209-228-4006 or to make arrangements.

The PG&E ZNE Pilot Program is focused on identifying and promoting best practices for achieving ZNE buildings, including maximal energy load reduction by leveraging advanced design, construction and building operations before the addition of on-site renewable energy generation, such as solar photovoltaics.

The Architecture at Zero competition supports an action plan of the California Public Utilities Commission for all new residential construction in California to be zero net energy by 2020. The goal for new commercial construction is to achieve zero net energy by 2030. The competition is targeted to raise awareness of ZNE technologies and design methods among the architectural design community.

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