Teams stretch their design skills and test their building science knowledge as they compete to design the best zero-energy multi-use building for a site in Portland, Oregon.
Text and images provided by Hammer & Hand, edited by Green Builder staff.
THE PERFORM COMPETITION, now in its second year, encourages architecture students and interns to explore the nexus between high-performance building and high design. As a builder that partners with architecture firms on every project it builds, Hammer & Hand launched the competition to help advance the energy performance training of emerging design professionals and to demonstrate that performance and design are inherently complementary.
Hammer & Hand is a builder that partners with architects on commercial and residential projects in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
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This year’s competition challenged students and interns to design a zero-energy, mixed-use building for a site in the heart of Portland, Oregon’s Eastside. Entrants and jurors evaluated the energy performance of design concepts using perFORM’s energy verification spreadsheet to determine if a given design’s energy generation from onsite renewables like solar PV panels would exceed its energy consumption on an annual basis—in other words: Did the design represent a net-zero-energy building? With this energy performance prerequisite determined, the jury then judged entries based on the criteria of resourcefulness, replicability and beauty.
With 50 entries, participation in the perform competition doubled compared to last year. Two dozen academic institutions from across North America were represented, plus as many private architecture firms.
A group submission by University of Cincinnati students Jon Lund, Narek Mirzaei and Luis Sabater Musa won the $3,000 first place award. Two runner-up winners, a group from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an individual from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, will each receive a $1,500 award.