Participants in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) generate creative solutions for real-world issues in our nation’s building industry. Accepted teams complete a design project and attend the competition event, where they present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors, compare their efforts to those of other teams, learn from presentations by thought leaders, and engage with a variety of organizations about energy careers. The winning teams are recognized at an awards banquet, and the winning designs are published on the Race to Zero website. The competition and winners are promoted through a variety of media outreach efforts, which provide participants and their collegiate institutions an opportunity for national exposure. Collegiate institutions that participate in the Race to Zero are recognized as leaders that are producing career-ready young professionals with cutting-edge skills. Builders who collaborate with teams gain national and local recognition and have the opportunity to interact with knowledgeable future design and construction professionals.
The Race to Zero is designed to encourage student participation for one or two academic semesters, concluding in the spring with the Project Presentation and awards banquet.