Net Zero Energy Home Design Competition I
This is a project-based course in which students will compete in the Department of Energy's annual Race to Zero home design competition. The goal is for an interdisciplinary team of students to design and provide full documentation for a home that meets the Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home Requirements. Teams are expected to effectively and affordably integrate principles of building science, construction engineering and management, economic analysis, and architectural design in an integrated design process. Teams will be required to submit full sets of plans, drawings, renderings, construction details, and analyses for energy efficiency, costs, and affordability. The competition is designed to provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs with skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems. CAE 556 is the first course in a two-course series. CAE 556 focuses on aspects of the building design. Priority is given to Architectural Engineering and Architecture majors.