Zerofootprint is proud to launch the Zerofootprint Building Re-Skinning Competition. The goal of this competition is to advance the state-of-the-art in retrofitting existing building structures through better design and improved materials and technology, thus creating retrofitting systems that can be scaled to a large number of buildings and deployed globally. Older wasteful buildings account for nearly 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and it is our wish that by creating a smart, reproducible, beautiful, cost-effective, and energy efficient scheme, a scalable solution may be found. More information can be found here: http://communities.zerofootprint.net/building-re-skinning-competition/
Judging the competition are some of the worldâ€™s most respected architects and environmentalists, including William McDonough, Edward Mazria, Stefan Benisch, Andrew Bowerbank, Thomas Auer, Judith DiMaio, and George Baird.
The competition will be judged on the aesthetics, energy efficiency, smart technology, return on investment and potential as a solution for a large number of buildings. The deadline for the submission of designs is January 10, 2010.
The winning 5 entries will be monitored for a period of 3 years after completion of the retrofit to examine and compare how they actually perform in practice. The Z-Prize will be given to the building that has most reduced the energy per square foot, averaged over the 3 years of monitoring. We hope to make the Z-Prize, the largest prize in the world for architecture so as to encourage high quality worldwide participation.
Zerofootprint is an organization dedicated to a mass reduction in global environmental impact. We provide software and services to individuals, governments, universities and corporations that measure and manage carbon footprints and engages employees and citizens worldwide in combating climate change.
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