The 2017 Race to Zero Student Design Competition had 39 teams from 33 collegiate institutions, representing four countries, competing to design cost-effective, zero energy homes for mainstream builders. Six collegiate institutions had multiple teams, and two teams consisted of multiple collegiate institutions.

The Race to Zero encourages students to work with builders, developers, community leaders, and other industry partners to meet stringent design requirements and create marketable, affordable concepts. Below are the winners of the annual event, which took place on April 22-23, 2017, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. 

View the presentations and project summaries from the winning teams, or learn about the 2017 competition jurors

Also, visit the announcement of the winners and the Facebook post

2017 Winning Teams

Grand Winner

Ryerson University and University of Toronto—Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Future Cities Collective

Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest

First Place

Ball State University—Muncie, Indiana

Team Woodridge 

Second Place

Appalachian State University—Boone, North Carolina

Appalachian [In]sight

Urban Single-Family Housing Contest

​First Place

CEPT University—Ahmedabad, India


Second Place

Illinois Institute of Technology—Chicago, Illinois


Attached Housing Contest

First Place

Ryerson University and University of Toronto—Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Future Cities Collective

Second Place

University of Minnesota Twin Cities—Minneapolis, Minnesota


Small Multifamily Housing Contest

First Place

Georgia Institute of Technology—Atlanta, Georgia

Team AtoZ

Second Place

Miami University—Oxford, Ohio

Race to Zero MiamiOH

2017 Finalist Collegiate Institutions

​The collegiate institutions were:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Ball State University
  • CEPT University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hope College
  • Humboldt State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Miami University
  • Northeastern University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Purdue University
  • Ryerson University
  • Syracuse University
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of New Haven
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Portland
  • University of Toronto
  • The University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Weber State University.

2017 Race to Zero Sponsorship

The support of these sponsors helped make the Race to Zero event possible:

  • American Chemistry Council – Spray Foam Coalition
  • DuPont Building Knowledge Center
  • Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc., Cooling & Heating Division
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Owens Corning
  • Plastics Pipe Institute
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
  • Structural Insulated Panel Association.