Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

The Ryerson University and University of Toronto team topped the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition. They were the grand winners of the event, which was held April 22-23, 2017, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. 

Read the complete announcement. Below are the top winners in each contest: 

Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest

  • First place: Ball State University—Team Woodridge, Muncie, Indiana
  • Second place: Appalachian State University— Appalachian [In]sight, Boone, North Carolina

Urban Single-Family Housing Contest

  • First place: CEPT University—Team KILL BILL, Ahmedabad, India
  • Second place: Illinois Institute of Technology—B.R.O.N.Z.E., Chicago, Illinois

Attached Housing Contest

  • First place: Ryerson University and University of Toronto—Future Cities Collective, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Second place: University of Minnesota Twin Cities—OptiMN, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Small Multifamily Housing Contest

  • First place: Georgia Institute of Technology—Team AtoZ, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Second place: Miami University—Race to Zero MiamiOH, Oxford, Ohio

Thirty-nine finalist teams represented 33 collegiate institutions from four countries. Six collegiate institutions had multiple teams, and two teams consisted of multiple collegiate institutions.

The finalist collegiate institutions were:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Ball State University
  • CEPT University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hope College
  • Humboldt State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Miami University
  • Northeastern University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Purdue University
  • Ryerson University
  • Syracuse University
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of New Haven
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Portland
  • University of Toronto
  • The University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Weber State University.

The competition challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes Program requirements.

As part of the DOE Building America Program, the Race to Zero is designed to provide students with:

  • An opportunity to participate in hands-on building science analysis, including an in-depth investigation of specific interactions and integration of building design
  • Access to unique building science training from recognized experts and educators
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team, which is vital to professional work
  • Partnerships and networking with industry professionals and companies
  • Interactions with national thought leaders about zero energy residential buildings and future housing innovations
  • A tour of award-winning high-performance buildings at NREL.

- Stacy Hunt 

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