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October 23, 2015

BAR receives Special Recognition Award in Net Zero Energy Competition sponsored by AIA California Council and PG&E

San Francisco, CA – The joint effort between BAR and Integral Group, Inc. garnered the Special Recognition Award in the Architecture at Zero competition sponsored by AIA California Council and PG&E. The results were announced at a ceremony at Mission Bay on Friday, October 23rd.

The Architecture at Zero competition, now in its fifth year, was conceived as a response to the zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) in the 2008 report, California’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. In this report, the CPUC set out four “Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategies” for California that include the goals that all new residential construction in California be ZNE by 2020 and that all new commercial construction be ZNE by 2030.

Architecture at Zero 2015 is sponsored by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), as part of its program activities dedicated to furthering the knowledge building and practice of ZNE building in California.

Architecture at Zero seeks creative and feasible approaches to ZNE building. By encouraging innovative design solutions to site-specific design challenges, the competition aims to broaden thinking about the technical and aesthetic possibilities of zero net energy projects. Further, it seeks to raise the profile of ZNE among built-environment professionals, students, and the general public in California and beyond.

For more information about the competition, visit www.architectureatzero.com