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02 September 2014

Important Dates

Registration Closes: 15 December 2014
Submission Deadline: 22 March 2015
Winner Announcement: TBD
Award Ceremony: 18 April 2015


This is an exciting time – a time when Zero Energy Ready Homes have become readily achievable and cost effective. By definition, these high-performance homes are so energy efficient that renewable power can offset most or all the annual energy consumption.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) is engaging college students across the United States and Canada to become part of a new leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable homes.

As part of DOE’s Building America and Zero Energy Ready Home programs, the Race to Zero (formerly known as the Challenge Home Student Design Competition) was designed to:

  • Inspire and develop the next generation of building science professionals.
  • Advance and enhance building science curriculum in universities.
  • Complement the experiential learning benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon through an additional collegiate competition opportunity. 

This competition will help 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. View the 2014 competition results.

For detailed information, click here