Upcoming 2017 HIGHLIGHTS: Join us for the EEBA Summit and the annual Housing Innovation Awards event, Atlanta, GA, October 10-12. Review other Building America Webinars and ZERH Resources/ Education opportunities. Also, the Westford Building Science Education UPDATE will be webcast, July 30 th. See below under “2017 EVENTS“.
2018 RTZ - It’s not too early to begin to prepare for the 2018 RTZ. In addition to the residential contests, a zero energy K-5 school design contest has been added. 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 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition Judging and Awards Event, April 18-20, 2015, involved 28 teams from 27 U.S. and Canadian schools. Judges and teams stand before the LEED Platinum Café at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO. [NOTE: The 2016 Competition group picture should be available shortly. Since it was held during a major snow storm, the picture was taken inside the above building.]
The 2016 DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition judging & awards Event was held April 17-18, 2016. In its third 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 18th, 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.
On April 18th, a job fair was held. Also, the 2017 Race to Zero was announced and that details would be posted shortly on the Race to Zero website. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will again host the 2017 Race to Zero Judging and Awards Event in April 2016. Schools considering possible participation in the 2017 RTZ event can register their interest at email@example.com . Begin planning & preparations for the 2017 RTZ event now, such as: multi-discipline team formation (faculty advisors, students, industry advisors); integration with Fall and/or Spring courses; etc.
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.
Therefore, faculties planning to participate in the Competition should to begin working across departments to form multi-discipline teams – NOW.
Faculty Advisers and Students: The Criteria Task Group is developing a database of teaching resources and related material – with “preliminary lists“ provided on the Task Group “Working Files” page. 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 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