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PG&E and AIA San Francisco Announce Winners of Competition for Zero Net Energy Building Designs

Release Date: December 7, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) joins the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIASF) today to announce Chris Parlette (Berkeley, CA; Towards Net Zero Energy), Tom Tang and Yijie Dang (New York, NY; Chimera), HOK San Francisco (San Francisco, CA; Battery Park, From Zero to Positive), Jihyoon Yoon (Harvard University; Phototactic - Ville), and Curtis Ryan, Sara Maas, Kyle Blomquist, and Megan Gelazus (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee; Ripple Effect) as the winners of the first-of-its-kind Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs.

ZNE buildings produce as much clean energy as they use during a year through a combination of designed energy efficiency and on-site, grid-tied renewable energy production. To help generate innovative ideas for zero net energy building designs, the Architecture at Zero competition focused on the design of an urban infill site in Emeryville. International experts judged the entries and awarded $25,000 in total prizes.

The winning designs thoughtfully incorporated elements of energy efficiency, renewable generation and a high-quality architectural design that emphasized sustainability principles. Winning projects created dynamic and interesting public spaces and responded to the local conditions with site-specific energy solutions. The jury was particularly impressed with several student designs, whose sophisticated conceptual work generated discussion.

"Hosting the Architecture at Zero winners' ceremony is a direct reflection of AIA San Francisco's commitment to driving advancements in zero net energy building design," said AIA SF Executive Director Margie O'Driscoll. "We received progressive and innovative competition entries from all over the world, making these winning entries true models of zero net energy design at its best."

The Architecture at Zero competition supported an action plan of the California Public Utilities Commission for all new residential construction in California to be zero net energy by 2020. The goal for new commercial construction is to achieve zero net energy by 2030.

"PG&E is very excited to announce the winners of our first ever Architecture at Zero design competition, with entries from a variety of design students and professionals around the world," said Steven Malnight, vice president of customer energy solutions for PG&E. "We applaud the winners who have risen to this important zero net energy building design challenge, and we look forward to continuing our own efforts to further zero net energy building design."

The Architecture at Zero competition opened to all entrants, including designers, academics, researchers and students on October 3, 2011, and the deadline for entries was November 29, 2011. Competition entries were juried by international experts: Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis Magazine; Bob Berkebile, FAIA, BNIM; Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa Architecture; Allison Williams, FAIA, Perkins + Will; and Steve Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

To learn more, visit architectureatzero.com.

About AIA San Francisco
Serving the Bay Area for more than a century, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter (AIA San Francisco) is one of the largest of the AIA's 300 chapters. Headquartered in the historic Hallidie Building—one of the world's first glass-curtain-wall-buildings, designed by Willis Polk and completed in 1917—AIA San Francisco is the Bay Area's premier destination for architecture and design. Representing more than 2,300 members in San Francisco and Marin County, its mission is to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area by promoting architecture and design. It furthers this goal through community involvement, education, advocacy, public outreach, member service, and professional excellence.

About Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

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