Teams of 2-4 people will be eligible to submit an application to participate. All team members must be identified during the first stage of the design competition. Should there be any changes to the submitted team during any stage of the competition; the organizers must be informed immediately.
By submitting an application to be considered for participation, teams agree to commit to all aspects of the design competition.
All stages of the design must be submitted by the deadlines outlined below. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the competition.
Attendance at Solar Canada is encouraged but not mandatory. All participants will be given Exhibit Hall passes to attend the trade show both days.
The competition organizers reserve the right to cancel this competition due to insufficient eligible participants. A minimum of four (4) eligible teams are required for the final judging and participation stage at the Solar Canada Conference.
Design Competition Requirements
Teams are asked to design a net zero home based on the following parameters:
- Building Use: residential
- Family Size: 4 people
- Building Size: 600-1,000 sq. ft
- Service Water Heating: 50 gallons per person/day; 6,000 gallons/month
- Appliances: Washer & dryer, stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator
- Fuel/Utility Sources: Teams are encouraged to use solar PV generation and solar thermal applications wherever possible
Design Competition Stages
Stage 1 – Application – Due Wednesday, October 17th midnight EST
A simple one page application form filled in by each team to gather:
- Team Name
- Team Members:
- Contact information
- School name
- Program and year of study
- Point of contact for team
- A brief (one paragraph) overview of reasons for entering the contest
Stage 2 – Design Proposal Submission – Due Monday, October 31, 2016, midnight EST
A maximum 5 page design proposal that includes:
- Overview of design concept
- Rendering of design
- Architectural and engineering approaches
- Materials, sources & technology incorporated
- Energy consumption and production models
- Financial feasibility (The project is feasible as its revenue more than covers its cost)
By Monday, November 4, 2016 At least four finalists will be selected to present at Solar Canada 2016
Stage 3 – Display & Presentation – Due Monday, November 28, 2016, midnight EST
- 30-minute presentation (PDR or PPT format)
- Brief biographies of team members, role within team, headshot of each participant
- Provides a more detailed overview of the design proposal
- Includes Visual renderings of the design
- A poster board presentation (1.2m high x 2.4m wide)
- Should include illustrative material and large print text (readable from 3 feet)
- Details the submitted design
- Printed poster board will be supplied (design must be submitted electronically).
- Was an innovative design approach taken?
- Were unique approaches applied to solve challenges
- Were cutting-edge technology utilized?
- Financial Analysis
- Is the house selling price a good value?
- How does the selling price and annual utility bill compare to an average Canadian home?
- Do the energy savings pay off the increased selling price of the home?
- Is there a clear concept guide the design throughout the process?
- Is their consistency between all elements of the design?
- Is the design inspiring?
- Market Appeal
- Does the house have interior and exterior appeal?
- Do innovative features increase the house’ marketability?
- Was appealing equipment selected?
- Energy Use
- Over the course of a year the home will produce as much energy as it consumes.
- Additional points will be provided if:
- This timeframe is reduced to a month, week or day.
- An electric car is integrated into the design
Contact us if you have any questions — good luck!