Student Team Moves Forward in Race to Zero Competition

A group of graduate and undergraduate students from the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and the School of Architecture and Design teamed up to work on a Net Zero Elementary School project, which has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The team competed with more than 80 other teams for an invitation to present at the annual showdown at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to identify finalists and grand winners. After submitting an interim project report, our team has been one of those invited to compete among 40 other teams between April 20–22, 2018 at NREL's facilities in Golden, CO. 

The Race to Zero was designed to inspire collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy ready buildings. Students become part of a new leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable buildings. The Race to Zero is formulated to advance and enhance building science curriculum in universities.

The student team lead by graduate students Teresa Hamm (a+d) and Zach Gould (BioBuild), joined by their fellow team mates Stephanie Burcham (a+d), Karthik Vegesna (VCEMP), Ashit Harode (VCEMP), David Martin (a+d) and Justin Gravatt (BC) were coached and supervised by Professors Georg Reichard (MLSoC) and Elizabeth Grant (a+d).