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ENERGY+ HOMES CHALLENGE

Help us create Energy Plus Homes that will make the world more sustainable!

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

Climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause. Combating climate change requires a multipronged strategy, and energy efficiency plays a crucial role in that. We’ll need to apply energy efficiency to agriculture, industry, and commerce. Energy efficient homes will play a bigger role than you might realize.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), buildings make up approximately 39 percent of total energy consumption and 68 percent of total electricity consumption. They also produce about 38 percent of nationwide carbon dioxide emissions. When it comes to curbing climate change and protecting our environment in general, energy efficiency and energy efficient homes are nothing short of vital.

We need to act urgently to curb carbon emissions and address this issue before it’s too late. This is why CAERO and Build Academy are looking to find the world’s most innovative energy-plus smart home. An energy-plus house produces more energy from renewable energy sources, over the course of a year, than it imports from external sources. Cash prizes of $200K will be awarded to the winners and designs will be published.

The world need more sustainable ways to address home construction, using renewable materials and energy and modular prefabricated construction techniques. The high cost of construction and urgent need of new homes, require new construction to be affordable, modular, easy to transport, build and maintain.

The challenge requires designing modular homes of three types: small, medium and large, ranging from US $30,000 to US$ 250,000. The homes will then be equipped with cutting edge technology selected by CAERO’s expert engineering team and energy systems such as solar and wind power; irrigation; and, rain water harvesting customized for the different categories of homes.

 

HOW IT WORKS

  • Sign up anytime with no registration fee and form your team, or participate on your own, provided that you are an architect or civil engineer
  • Participate in the optional educational tutorials to enhance your knowledge of the context
  • If you need some help, you’ll have the option to receive regular feedback from Experts in the field and in group forums on Zoom
  • Submit your final proposal by November 30th, 2019, latest
  • A highly reputable Jury will select and announce the winners on December 14th, 2019

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CONTEXT

The challenge is aimed to find design for world’s most innovative sustainable homes. Such homes shall be equipped with cutting edge technology selected by CAERO’s expert engineering team and energy systems such as solar and wind power; irrigation; and, rain water harvesting customized for the different categories of homes.

The challenge has been designed for three units modular houses . Design teams can submit designs for a single unit or all three units depending on their preference.

SCENARIO 1

INHABITANTS 3-5
AREA 50m2
FLOORS 1-2
BUDGET $30,000 USD
CLIMATE Continental
GEOGRAPHY TBD

SCENARIO 2

INHABITANTS 5-7
AREA 150m2
FLOORS 2
BUDGET $100,000 USD
CLIMATE Continental
GEOGRAPHY TBD

SCENARIO 3

INHABITANTS 8-12
AREA 250m2
FLOORS 1-2
BUDGET $250,000 USD
CLIMATE Continental
GEOGRAPHY TBD

GUIDELINES

Participants will be challenged to design innovative, sustainable homes that meet high-quality design requirements. The competition will center on three sizes: small, medium and large, ranging from $30,000 to $250,000 USD.

  • Certified energy-plus 
  • Smart home enabled
  • Utilizes 100% renewable materials 
  • Light-weight and modular 

Fit for diverse climatic conditions 0° to 40°C

SUGGESTED DIMENSIONS

SMALL UNIT:

AREA: The houses should accommodate a family of 3-5 people in about 50m2.

AREA: KITCHEN: 8-12m2, storage and cooking space

BATHROOM & TOILET: 5-8m2  (combined or separate)

BEDROOM: 12-15m2; storage space 1-2m2

MAINROOM: 20m2, could be used as a bedroom at night

MINIMAL HEIGHT: 2.5m

Participants are encouraged to respect the building codes of the countries they are designing for.

FAQ

To view the FAQ for the Challenge please click HERE.

OUTCOMES

Challenge participants will apply their skills and knowledge to design some of the world’s most innovative sustainable homes. They will have the opportunity to improve their design and collaboration skills, working with a global community of professionals from all over the world, and receiving feedback from professors and experts. The work will be done by teams formed by independent practitioners who will work together on developing integral projects that include aspects of architectural design, structural engineering, building technology, economic feasibility, and sustainability.

 It would be a true convergence of renewable energy, cutting edge technology and innovative architecture resulting in sustainable development and environment protection. 

  • The challenge is aimed to find design for some of the world’s most innovative sustainable homes. Such homes shall be equipped with cutting edge technology and energy systems such as solar and wind power; irrigation; and, rain water harvesting and others.
  • The materials used for homes would be 100% renewable. As an example, wood from Brazil shall be used which is certified as not a cause of deforestation and is fast growing (within last 30 years) and is not within rainforest periphery and/or planted by environmentalists.
  • The most path-breaking feature of the home shall be generation of energy exponentially higher than energy consumption; thereby, resulting in surplus energy. 
  • It would be a true convergence of renewable energy, cutting edge technology and innovative architecture resulting in sustainable development and environment protection.

ELIGIBILITY

At least one member of the team should have an architectural or/and civil engineering degree. For designers, previous architectural experience is highly recommended. Other members who participate can also include graduate students or last year students of architecture. The expectation is to have a multi-disciplinary team that can collaborate with companies and people from many different backgrounds: architecture, engineering, design, social workers, etc.

METHODOLOGY

The challenge will feature collaborations and teamwork. We will also have a forum on Facebook, where participants will be able to exchange and discuss design ideas. During the challenge, the projects will be developed to the phase of schematic design.

DELIVERABLES

SUBMISSION FORMAT

  1. 2 Square boards sized 3x3ft (as a PDF) min. 300 dpi, using the layout described below; the board is visually divided into 8 equally sized sections (1.5×1.5 ft), each section having a designated topic.
  2. Design Portfolio: digitally cut the board into the 8 square parts and submit the parts as 8 separate PDFs (numbered accordingly).

 SUBMISSION CONTENT

  1. Design Documents (PDFs)
  2. Explanatory text: Overview of Design
    This text is supposed to give the jury a snapshot overview of your overall design approach. up to 1,000 words total. Please download the template here (to download it, click on ‘File’ > ‘Download as’ > ‘Microsoft Word Document’).
  3. Visualizations
    Please find below the list of required visualizations. You are of course more than welcome to add explanatory texts to each visualization.
  • 3-5 renderings of exterior (at the very least: frontal, side, bird’s view)
  • 2-3 renderings of Interior (optional)
  • Axonometric Diagram (foundation, horizontal/vertical structure, slabs, walls, roof; 1:50)
  • Building Plans (1:50)
  • 2 Sections (1:20)
  • 2 Facades/Elevations (1:50)
  • Site Plan (1:200) of the 20x20m site (optional)
  • Community aggregation view (optional)

4. Construction Phasing (optional)
If your design requires non-traditional construction techniques, please provide construction drawings (1:20), construction options and recommendations for construction phasing of individual home
5. Schedule of Rates (.XCL, XCLS): The schedule of rates is supposed to be a list of materials used and their respective cost. SUBMISSION FILE FORMAT:All documents and panels are to be submitted in PDF.
The Schedule of Rates is to be submitted as Excel file (.xls, .xlsx)

Font used for panels should be Helvetica; 50 pt. for titles, 30pt. for subtitles, and 24 pt. for body, 20pt. for index. Font used for documents should be Arial 10pt. for body.All text must be in English, using font Helvetica: 30 pt. for titles and 20 pt. for body.All files will be submitted digitally in PDF format by November 30 at BuildAcademy.com and by email to info@buildacademy.comTo see the complete Submission Guide please click HERE.

OPTIONAL GUIDANCE

If participants require additional support, the team of Build Academy and invited experts will provide the option of weekly guidance and feedback for their work through a video conference on Zoom. 

1 Natural Disasters and Resilient Design
2 Spatial Design
3 Resilient Unit Design
4 Unit Aggregation Strategies
5 Resilient Urban Design
6 Final Q&A about Project Submission

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Quality and Clarity of the Written Proposal (10%)
  • Integration of the renewable concepts (50%)
  • Quality of the Proposed Design (40%) 
    • Versatility
    • Innovation
    • Modularity
    • Construction
    • Integration
  • Cost Effectiveness (30%)

To be certified energy positive, designs must at least meet the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) tier 3 requirements for a Positive Energy Building. Participants and judges will utilize the GBPN spectrum to support designing and judging energy plus homes.

 

DESIGN COPYRIGHT ©

The copyright of all design will remain with the authors. Build Academy and the WBG will have the rights to publish the results.

NO REGISTRATION FEE

FINALISTS

The jury will award 3 winning designs for each of the 3 scenarios, so there will be a total of 9 winners.

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