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2015 Results

The 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition had 33 teams from 27 U.S. and Canadian universities competing to design cost-effective, zero energy homes for mainstream builders. View a full list of teams.

As a DOE Building America team, we are always looking for the most promising and creative minds to help us transform the industry. We just hired another Race to Zero graduate. It’s by far the best employment service we’ve found.
- Emanuel Levy, ARIES Building America team lead

In its second year, the Race to Zero encouraged students to work with builders, developers, community leaders, and other industry partners to meet stringent design requirements and create marketable, affordable concepts. Below are the winners of the annual event, which took place on April 18-20, 2015, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. View the winning team project summaries or read the submissions from the Grand Winner and Grand Winner Finalists. You can also find team presentations by award below.

2015 Winning Teams

The following teams were recognized as the 2015 competition winners:

Grand Winner

Opti-MN Impact House – Opti-MN
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

See team presentation.

Grand Winner Finalists
  • Mountain Laurel Home – Team App
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • The Three Rivers House – Three Rivers Design
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • The Scott Home – Penn College Williamsport
    Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, Williamsport, PA
  • The Suncatcher Cottage – Team Illinois
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

See team presentations.

Analysis Excellence
  • HouZe GT – The Zeroes
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • The Corner House – [DAS]Haus
    Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The Serrano House – Negawatt Team
    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • The TownHauZ – Invent the Future
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

See team presentations.

Design Excellence
  • H4: Heritage Homes – Heritage Homes
    Penn State University, State College, PA
  • Independence Heights Net Zero Ready Home – Prairie View A&M
    Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
  • Provenance Lane – Provenance Lane
    Ryerson University Dept. of Architectural Science, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Ø-Zone Residence - Ø-Zone
    Ryerson University Dept. of Architectural Science, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Desert Sunrise Home – Desert Sunrise
    University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

See team presentations.

Systems Integration Excellence
  • Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Energy Home – Redbird Red Team
    Illinois State University, Normal, IL
  • H4: Heritage Homes – Heritage Homes
    Penn State University, State College, PA
  • Ø-Zone Residence - Ø-Zone
    Ryerson University Dept. of Architectural Science, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The TownHauZ – Invent the Future
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

See team presentations.