The collective objective of this coalition of courses is to develop and submit highly-competitive Race to Zero projects.
Course Content: The Ball State University Department of Architecture has enrolled four teams in the 2017 Race to Zero student design competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy. These teams will look at the four building typologies established for the contest: Suburban Single-Family; Urban Single-Family; Attached Housing; and Small Multifamily. Prof. Tom Collins' section of ARCH 501 will take the lead in developing the architectural solutions that will be entered into the competition. This course (ARCH 633) will work to ensure that the projects developed could be certified under the LEED for Homes green building rating system. ARCH 632 will provide energy modeling support to the teams.
The collective objective of this coalition of courses is to develop and submit highly-competitive Race to Zero projects. This is an excellent opportunity to collaborate on a project with real-world goals (high-performance housing that is feasible and affordable). This is also an opportunity to collaborate with other professionals—specifically construction management students and faculty, home builders, and fabricators. Although being "green" is not a requirement of the Race to Zero competition, it is a logical next step in the development of holistic solutions for housing.