Competition :: Beyond the Grid

Deadline: June 7, 2013

Beyond the Grid is an architectural design competition that challenges students and young professionals to create beautiful, sustainable shelters that integrate “off-grid” energy, water and waste system solutions for specific, pre-selected climate zones. The primary goal of the competition is to provide a showcase for design talent and provide media exposure and business opportunities for winning contestants. The competition also aims to promote sustainability and resources conservation in the residential housing industry.

Entrants are asked to choose between four climate zones -- coastal hot, coastal cold, arid hot, and mixed temperature -- and design a sustainable structure less than 1500 sf that costs less than $200,000 to build.

Plans should include detailed construction drawings, material assemblies, solar PV system design, rainwater harvest system design, and raw CAD files.

Entrants can register at Off Grid Shelters. The fee for submission is $50.