Carbon Positive Affordable Housing
Entrants are challenged to design carbon positive affordable housing using cove.tool’s drawing.tool software, chance to win $50,000 cash prize
Buildings account for 40 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. From houses and hospitals to schools and offices, buildings in the United States use about 40 percent of the country's energy for heating, cooling, lighting, and other operations. It is estimated that the manufacture, transport, and assembly of building materials such as wood, concrete, and steel account for another eight percent of energy use. About 30 percent of the electricity buildings use is generated from coal-burning power plants, which release greenhouse gases, causing climate change.
The landmark IPCC 2021 report warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade. The report "is a code red for humanity," says the UN chief, but scientists say a catastrophe can be avoided if the world acts fast. The total cost of natural disaster damages neared $50 billion in September 2020 in the United States alone, already surpassing the total cost for all of 2019. One-third of all homes in the US are considered at high risk of a natural disaster, resulting in many homeowners bearing the brunt of costly repairs.
As climate change intensifies, housing stability will be increasingly under threat. Housing is the one of the most significant determinants of financial security and generational wealth in the US. Housing is also the largest expense for families, as more than 38 million US households live in housing that is not affordable to them. Similar trends can be seen across Europe. Unaffordable and insecure housing leaves families less able to cope with unexpected expenses such as extensive repairs or rebuilding from flooding or wildfires. Both the frequency and reoccurrence of climate-related disasters have exacerbated affordable housing crises in areas prone to disasters. Without significant intervention, areas prone to climate-related disasters will continue to face housing instability.
Location & Program
Entrants are encouraged to select sites that are typical “types” to ensure solutions can be broadly applied to a particular context to address the challenge of affordable housing and climate change.
The intent of this competition is to solicit design ideas for affordable, carbon positive housing. Designers should consider replicability of their approach in multiple neighborhoods, cities, and/or countries. Program size could range from a micro-home to a tall building depending on the select context or solution. There are no restrictions in regard to program or size. Participants are encouraged to look beyond conventional solutions and consider resiliency in strategies as well.
cove.tool, the leading automated building design platform for daylight, shadow, energy, carbon, HVAC design and parametric optimization, announced today that registration is open for its inaugural International Architecture Design Competition for Carbon Positive Affordable Housing. The grand prize winner will receive a $50,000 cash prize.
As climate change intensifies, housing stability will be increasingly under threat. To combat the climate and housing crisis, the building sector must act by integrating sustainable strategies into the design process. The intent of this competition is to solicit design ideas for affordable, carbon positive housing that can be replicated in multiple neighborhoods, cities and countries. Projects can range from a micro-home to a tall building depending on the selected context or solution. Participants are encouraged to look beyond conventional solutions and consider resiliency in their strategies.
Without significant intervention, areas prone to climate-related disasters will continue to face housing instability, said Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder and chief executive officer of cove.tool. This competition is an invitation for talented designers to come together and create sustainable designs that can be recreated in communities across the world, helping to fight climate change and eliminate the current housing crisis.
The registration deadline is January 14th, 2022, and all designs must be submitted by February 11th, 2022. Participants must use the free drawing.tool 3D modeling software to import or generate geometry as part of their submission. Each entry will be reviewed by a prestigious panel of judges in the architecture industry including, Randy Deutsch FAIA, LEED AP, Dora Epstein Jones, Ph.D., M. Casey Rehm, Ralph Raymond, NOMA, AIA and Sanford Kwinter, Ph.D.
The opportunity to encourage current and future designers to consider sustainable strategies throughout the design process is critical to combat climate change, said Patrick Chopson, AIA, co-founder and head of product at cove.tool. We are confident this competition will help the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) community think ‘outside of the box’ and implement carbon positive strategies that will reduce the effects of climate change and create a better world, where housing is safe and affordable for all.
To register, please visit https://www.thearchitecturecompetition.com/.