For Immediate Release: May 28, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Energy Commission Displays
Leading Edge Designs May 27-30


Energy efficient architectural designs from around the world are on display in the Energy Commission's atrium as winners are chosen in the sixth annual Leading Edge Student Design Competition.


Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, May 30, 1997. Entries are on display from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. Final judging should be completed by 4:30 p.m., Thursday.


California Energy Commission atrium, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento.


A total of 66 submissions have been received from 150 architecture students at 33 schools in eight states and two foreign countries. First-place winners receive scholarships of $2,000, plus $1,000 for their school. Second-place winners receive a $1,000 scholarship.


Leading Edge encourages students to design projects and buildings that exceed California's stringent building energy standards by at least 20 percent. Separate design Challenges are issued to two-year and to four-year students.

This year's challenge, Building the Affordable American Dream Through Energy Efficiency, offers a real-life, production builder problem - a 2000-acre parcel in Lake Elsinore, California. Taking into consideration the solar orientation of the homes, two-year students are required to lay out a street in the proposed development and design a model home using state-of-the-art, energy efficient techniques and features.

Four-year students must design two energy efficient model homes and provide a site plan on a 25-acre parcel of the development.

For more information call Rob Schlichting at (916) 654-5159.

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