Announcing the 2016 Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition

Danielle Vitoff

The California Sustainability Alliance, is pleased to announce the return of the Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition at Cal Poly Pomona. The competition will be held within the 2016 spring semester architecture studio for the second year running. Students who are interested in participating in this competition will be asked to consider holistic sustainability and the relationship of the building design to occupant comfort.

Students who participate in the competition are asked to first meet all of their standard studio requirements. The Cal Poly studio professors will select two finalists from each studio class during the standard studio review. These finalists will be asked to present their designs to a group of green building professionals on Friday, June 3rd during a reception at the Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA. The student with the winning design will receive a $1,500 award, while the student with the second place design will receive a $500 award. All finalists’ submissions will be featured on the Alliance website.

Through the competition, students are asked to consider the tenants of sustainability, specifically in relation to passive systems on the building site. The students are asked to consider the inclusion of energy efficiency, water efficiency, occupant comfort and regenerative design in their final solutions.

The Alliance understands that the consideration of all of these topics is challenging for even the most experienced architects. The Alliance does not expect each student to “exceed expectations” in all categories, but to focus on one or two categories of interest and push the design the furthest in these areas. However, the final solution should be framed from the point of view that buildings are built for occupants and that occupant comfort is a central tenant in any design. Whether the comfort of building occupants is achieved through active or passive design solutions has a significant impact on the resources that are needed to operate the building in perpetuity.