Zerofootprint is an organization dedicated to a mass reduction in global environmental impact.In order to promote innovation and advance the state-of-the-art in retrofitting the built space, Zerofootprint has recently launched an architectural competition at the Discovery 2009 Exhibition in Toronto on May 12th, 2009.
The competition welcomes teams from all over the world and will be accepting submissions until September 1, 2009. After reviewing all entries submitted, a panel of judges drawn from the architectural, academic and financial community will select the five finalists.A key requirement of entries to this competition is that the building designs submitted must be pre-funded: that is, the designs submitted will actually be executed upon the chosen buildings.
The winning five entries will be monitored for a period of three years after the completion of the retrofit to examine and compare how they actually perform in practice. The Z-Prize will be given to the building that has most reduced the energy per square foot, averaged over the three years of monitoring.