DOE's Race to Zero 2017 Registration is Open!

Posted by Stacy Hunt on July 26, 2016

Ready to compete? Register a team to be a part of the excitement!

The next U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) will be held April 22-23, 2017, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

To prepare for the event, the 2017 competition Guide is available, and the team application website is open. Start your registration to gain access to additional information and resources.

Participants will be among hundreds of the best and brightest collegiate students who have already experienced the excitement and creativity of the Race to Zero.

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

The competition has four categories. One team from each collegiate institution can submit an entry for each contest:

  • Suburban Single-Family
  • Urban Single-Family
  • Attached Housing (2-6 unit rowhome projects)
  • Small Multifamily (up to 3 stories).

As part of DOE's 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 in a multi-disciplinary 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 innovation
  • A tour of award-winning high performance buildings at NREL.


Learn more about the Race to Zero competition and the winning designs by visiting the 2016 Race to Zero results page, the DOE announcement, and the Facebook post.

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