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California university opens 'zero net energy' design contest

[Submissions must be received by 1 October] The University of California in Merced has opened a competition to design a residential or administrative office building which consumes zero net energy

The contest is open to all students and professionals. Proposals should be situated within Bellevue Gateway, a new mixed-use development located on the university’s campus.

Proposals must produce at least as much energy as they consume over one year to qualify as zero net energy.

Entrants must also design a conceptual district-wide energy plan for the Bellevue Gateway development.

A prize fund of £16,000 is available. The entry fee is £110 for professionals and £20 for students.

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