The Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) inspires collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy ready homes. Each of the four Race to Zero contests is judged by a panel of jurors, and the first place winner in each category presents their project to a grand jury, which then selects a grand winner. Learn more about the individual jurors by contest below, or learn how the jurors evaluate projects in the Race to Zero Student Design Competition Guide.
Suburban Single-Family Detached House
Brian’s education and hands-on experience aids him with his daily responsibilities, which include providing technical support and professional training on spray foam products and application guidance for both residential and commercial construction. Brian is LEED AP and a SPFA-certified Field Examiner under their Professional Certification Program.
Urban Single-Family Detached House
Thrive Home Builders has been recognized as EPA’s Millennium Energy Star Builder, EPA’s Leadership Award for Indoor Air Quality, Green Building Magazine’s Green Home of the Year and the Department of Energy’s Grand Winner for Innovation in Housing for 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Mr. Rainer earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1981.
Steve C. Brown
In addition to being nationally recognized as an authority on green built, extreme energy-efficient homes, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Green Extreme Homes Community Development Corp. and Plano Housing Corporation (both 501c-3 Non-Profits).
Ms. Dwyer manages the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center, a global network of experts who shape insights, tools, and resources to help members of the building industry navigate the changing future. Central to her role is harnessing the knowledge and skills of DuPont Building Innovations professionals to deliver enhanced value to customers by sharing best practices in building science and application knowledge. In addition to our own subject matter experts, we involve thought leaders from a wide array of external partners who collaborate with us to serve the industry.
Her areas of expertise include building science value and benefits, building envelope performance and impact on energy efficiency, sustainable market trends, industry impact of codes and standards, and the importance of durable structure design.
Ozi's work includes libraries, schools, adaptive reuse, and affordable housing. He is currently project architect for the Kestrel sustainable development in Louisville, Colorado, with over 190 units of affordable housing designed with the potential to go 'fossil fuel free' using a combination of ground-source heat pumps and other sustainable strategies.
Brice is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Maryland as well as an advisor and mentor at Georgetown University. He received his Masters in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University and his undergraduate degree from the Smith Business School at the University of Maryland. He is a frequent speaker and panelist and enjoys investing and mentoring early-stage startups.