2018 RTZ – Meeting the November 7th deadline, 84 teams from 68 schools have applied. The teams, from 9 countries, are competing in 4 residential contests, and a zero energy K-5 school design contest. By February 20, 2018, the teams will submit their progress report and complete their education requirements, after which 40 finalist teams will be selected (8 per contest). . Click here for information on the DOE Race to Zero, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or further information.
2017 RTZ – Click here for the 2017 competition results. Ryerson and Toronto University, Toronto, Canada won this year’s grand prize. The 2017 Race to Zero competition started with 50 teams and 44 schools, resulting in 39 finalist teams.
2016 RTZ - Click here for the 2016 competition results. Prairie View A & M University, NW of Houston, TX, won this year’s grand prize. The 2016 Race to Zero competition had 34 teams from 27 schools invited to participate.
2015 RTZ - Click here for the results of the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The University of MN won the 2015 grand prize. Click here for the UMN team website and their complete set of submittals.
2014 RTZ – Click here for the 2014 competition results. In 2014, 3 schools in Syracuse, NY area formed the Montage Builders team which won grand prize for best detached home. Ryerson University won the grand prize for the best attached home.
The 2017 DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition judging & awards Event was held April 22-23, 2017. In its fourth year, the Race to Zero encouraged students to work with builders, developers, community leaders, and other industry partners to meet stringent design requirements and create marketable, affordable concepts. On April xxth, the Awards Banquet was held at the Marriott Denver West hotel. This year’s winning teams and many of their presentations are posted (Click Here). View a full list of teams. Also, view the winning team project summaries or read the submissions from the Grand Winner and Grand Winner Finalists.
The building industry needs to respond to changing market needs, new technologies, and more rigorous codes. This requires new job skills, and in turn, new core competencies – which require building science academic and experiential learning. This competition will help provide the next generation of architects, engineers, and construction managers with building science skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems.
The DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition is a multi-disciplinary, experiential learning project engaging students, with their industry advisers, to develop the designs, with supporting analyses, for cost effective zero energy ready homes that at least meet the DOE Zero Ready Home Guidelines. The guidelines provide criteria for quality, high performance homes that are health, safe, comfortable and sustainable. By definition, these high-performance homes are so energy efficient that renewable power can offset most or all the annual energy consumption.
Faculty Advisers and Students: Technical resources are listed in the Race to Zero (RTZ) Guidelines. Resources were also listed by RTZ Sponsors in the November 15, 2017 webinar. On this website’s “Resource” page and on the “Preliminary Listings” page, building science resources are also available. Many RTZ Teams have found pairing academic learning with the RTZ experiential learning to be very useful, particularly those schools offering credit for RTZ paired courses. Comments are sought from the teams regarding teaching resources, supplemental materials, and curricula, including gaps/ needs for materials, or resources that the teams have found useful.
NOTE TO INDUSTRY: The competition offers an excellent resource for skilled entry-level professionals. Please consider providing the teams with mentors, and possibly internship or co-op opportunities, and participating in the RTZ event Job Fair. Press coverage of the competition could also provide recognition.
January 8-11, 2017 – Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC – Conference Program Schedule -
NIBS/BETEC Meeting – Education Committee UPDATE; Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) Meeting – DOE/CWCC BSE collaboration Update – Monday, January 8, 2018
January 9-11, 2018; Orlando Florida Convention Center
January 20- 24, 2018; Chicago, IL, Palmer House
February 28 – March 1, 2018, State College, PA
Penn Stater Hotel
NOTE: Building Science Education Sessions are on February 28: 3 sessions with the 3rd session including a panel/forum.
April 20-22, 2018; Golden, CO
April 30 – May 3, 2018
January 10-12, 2017; Orlando Florida Convention Center
January 9-12, 2017 – Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC – Conference Program -
NIBS/BETEC Meeting – Education Committee UPDATE; Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) Meeting – DOE/CWCC BSE collaboration Update - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
ASHRAE Winter Meeting
January 27-February 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV; Caesars Palace
March 13-16, 2017 — Double Tree Crystal City,
4rd Residential Building Design & Construction Conference
Abstracts were DUE March 15, 2017 (now Extended to April 5, 2017)
April 5-8, 2017, Seattle, WA
Oklahoma City, OK – April 11-13, 2017
Reston, VA – Hyatt Regency Reston
Race to Zero Awards Event
Golden, CO – April 22-23, 2017
Orlando, FL - April 27-29, 2017; Education Workshops, April 26, 2017
ASHRAE Annual Conference
June 24-28, 2017
Long Beach, CA
5th Annual Westford Building Science Education UPDATE
Sunday, July 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – (for Westford Symposium Invitees Only)
EEBA High Performance Home Summit 2017
and the Housing Innovation Awards event, October 10-12, 2017 – Atlanta, GA
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
15th Canadian Building Science and Technology Conference (CCBST)
Vancouver, BC -
Hyatt Regency Hotel
January 11-15, 2016 – Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA
On Monday, January 11, 2016, NIBS will host the 2016 Workshop on Building Science Education in North America. This all day event is a sequel to the April 2014 Toronto Building Science Education Workshop will be co-hosted by NIBS-BETEC, the Joint Committee on Building Science Education (JCBSE), ASTM, with sponsorship of several other organizations concerned with the core competencies, accreditation, licensing and certification of building science education. [The first major workshop on building science education was held on January 13, 2011 and co-hosted by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with sponsorship by university organizations.]
January 19-21, 2016; Las Vegas, NV; Las Vegas Convention Center
NCHRC Annual Meeting - January 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.,
Las Vegas Convention Center, Room 220, North (Level 2) – AGENDA
January 23-27, 2016; Orlando, FL
March 2-3, 2016; Penn State – PHRC, State College, PA
Golden, CO – April 16-17, 2016
May 19-21, Philadelphia
June 25-June 29, St. Louis, MO
Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel &
America’s Center Convention Complex
Sunday, July 31, 2016, 2:30 p.m. – (for Westford Symposium Invitees Only) – Presentation
September 27-29,2016 – Dallas Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa, Frisco, TX
December 4-8, 2016, Clearwater, FL,
BSE Update – Evening, Dec. 6, 2016, 5:00 -6:30 p.m., Beach Ballroom
Key 2015 Events —
See Recent Past Events for Full List