Events/News


Upcoming  2018 Winter HIGHLIGHTS:       Review RTZ and  Building America Webinars and ZERH Resources/ Education opportunities.     See below under “2018 EVENTS.



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 racetozero@ee.doe.gov or further information.

2017 RTZClick 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 RTZClick 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 RTZClick 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.


DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition

The 2017 Race to Zero Student Design Competition Judging and Awards Event, April 22-23, 2017, involved 39 teams from the U.S., Canada, Brazil and India. Judges and teams stand before the LEED Platinum Café at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO

The 2017 Race to Zero Student Design Competition Judging and Awards Event, April 22-23, 2017, involved 39 teams from the U.S., Canada, Brazil and India. Judges and teams stand before the LEED Platinum Café at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO


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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.

 



2018 EVENTS


National Institute of Building Sciences — Building Innovation 2018

January 8-11, 2017 – Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC – Conference Program -
NIBS/BETEC Meeting – Education Committee UPDATE; Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) Meeting – DOE/CWCC BSE collaboration Update – Monday, January 8, 2018

NAHB – IBS

January 9-11, 2018; Orlando Florida Convention Center

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ASHRAE Winter Meeting

January 20- 24, 2018; Chicago, IL, Palmer House

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4th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference

February 28 – March 1, 2018, State College, PA
Penn Stater Hotel

Registration

NOTE: Building Science Education Session

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2018 DOE-BTO Peer Review & Poster Session

To Be Updated


2018 DOE Race to Zero Awards Event

April 20-22, 2018;  Golden, CO



 

2017 EVENTS


 

NAHB – IBS

January 10-12, 2017; Orlando Florida Convention Center

NCHRC Annual Meeting -
January 9, 2017, 10:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.,
OCCC, West Concourse Level II, W 221 A; (AGENDA);  Joint Committee on Building Science Education Annual Report Highlights


National Institute of Building Sciences — Building Innovation 2017

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

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ASHRAE Winter Meeting
January 27-February 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV; Caesars Palace
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2017 DOE-BTO Peer Review & Poster Session

March 13-16, 2017 — Double Tree Crystal City,
Arlington, VA



4rd Residential Building Design & Construction Conference
Abstracts were DUE March 15, 2017 (now Extended to April 5, 2017)
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53rd Annual ASC International Conference

April 5-8, 2017, Seattle, WA



AEI Conference 2017

Oklahoma City, OK – April 11-13, 2017



AABA Conference – April 17-20

Reston, VA – Hyatt Regency Reston



Race to Zero Awards Event
Golden, CO – April 22-23, 2017



AIA Conference on Architecture 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


CCBST 2017

15th Canadian Building Science and Technology Conference (CCBST)
Vancouver, BC -
November 6-8,2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel

 



2016 EVENTS


National Institute of Building Sciences — Building Innovation 2016

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.]


NAHB – IBS

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


ASHRAE Winter Meeting

January 23-27, 2016; Orlando, FL


3rd Residential Building Design & Construction Conference

March 2-3, 2016;  Penn State – PHRC,  State College, PA

Joint Committee Presentation and Handouts (Hygrothermal Analysis Steps,  Team Poster,  KSA’s Matrix,  also see UMN RTZ webpage)



Race to Zero Awards Event

Golden, CO – April 16-17, 2016



AIA Convention 2016

May 19-21, Philadelphia


ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference

June 25-June 29, St. Louis, MO
Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel &
America’s Center Convention Complex



4th Annual Westford Building Science Education Update

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 2:30 p.m. – (for Westford Symposium Invitees Only) – Presentation


EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo

September 27-29,2016 – Dallas Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa, Frisco, TX




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December 4-8, 2016, Clearwater, FL,

Program

Accommodations (Note:  Group rate closes November 2) - Sheraton Sand Key Resort

BSE Update – Evening, Dec. 6, 2016, 5:00 -6:30 p.m., Beach Ballroom

 






Key 2015 Events —

See Recent Past Events for Full List

 

 




Recent/Past Events


New Journal

Housing and Residential Building Construction is a new section of the Architectural Engineering Journal

Announcements



DOE Task Force on Building Science Education 

The DOE Task Force on Building Science Education (BSE) has held a number of meetings since the November 2012 BSE workshop which developed two roadmaps.  The implementation of the roadmaps resulted in the Task Force and the Race to Zero Student Design Competition.   Recently, DOE has published on its website the BSE Guidelines and other products.  These Guidelines should be considered a “living document” that is improved by lessons learned as it is used by universities and the design/construction industry.


Criteria Task Group 

Recent/Past Events include: 

  • Series of webinars co-hosted by the Joint Committee on Building Science Education & the NIBS/BETEC Education Committee: Building Science Fundamentals; & Infusion of Building Science in Traditional Courses - schedule and agendas to be posted:
    • April 2, 2015 (Infusion);
    • May 5, 2015, 12:00 p.m. EDT (Fundamentals; DOE BSE Program). See Webinar Webpage.
    • Initial planned 2016 Webinar to address teaching of hygrothermal analysis 
  • Support of student design competitions, including the DOE Race to Zero
  • Third Annual Westford BSE Update, Aug. 2, 2015 
  • Organization of, and participation in,  the January 11, 2016  Workshop on Building Science Education in North America
  • Participation in the 3rd Residential Design & Construction Conference, March 2016 [Presentations] [Papers]

Past Events and Activities

The Criteria Task Group has held a number of updates and working meetings during 2013 and 2014. These events are listed on, or linked to, the Criteria Task Group page with copies of presentation linked to the Working Files page sidebar.   A few recent significant meetings held, or participated in, by the Task Group include:



DOE Race to Zero

Student Design Competition April 2014

The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution. Past competitions have included many teams from the U.S., Canada and elsewhere. The competition is based upon a real-world scenario where a builder is developing a new high performance home product line or needs to update an existing product line (house plan) to a high-performance house design. College teams are posed with a design problem and are asked to either create a new house design that satisfies the project requirements or redesign an existing floor plan.

Based on previous competition requirements, it is anticipated that 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 and have industry advisors, such as a local home builder, to help inform their decision-making process. Submittals for the competition include designs and analyses which should reflect best building science practices.

The mandatory performance target is the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specification. For more information on competition requirements and timelines, visit the Competition Requirements page or contact racetozero@ee.doe.gov.

 


 



Learn about the  DOE Better Buildings Workforce Development Guidelines.

and the NIBS "Commerical Workforce Credentialing Council" that is partnering with DOE to develop the guidelines.


2017 Solar Decathlon

Fall, 2017 -- Denver, Colorado



DOE Better Buildings Case Competition



Building Science Education Updates

January 2016 Annual Report to NCHRC

Nov. 25, 2013 - Fall 2013 Edition

Summary of Recent Progress and Next Steps