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U.S. Department of Energy

The Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) inspired collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy ready homes. 

Race to Zero Sponsorship Opportunity

DOE funded the Race to Zero, including the complete setup and operation of the competition. However, DOE cannot pay for food and beverage for the students, jurors, and industry participants for the two days, nor can it pay for the award banquet that is held to recognize the winning teams.

For a nominal sponsorship cost, our sponsoring organizations supported this event and helped DOE pave the way for the homes of our future—zero energy ready homes that are so efficient a small renewable energy source (such as solar) can provide all the energy the homes need. Sponsoring organizations took part in crafting the next generation of construction professionals—ensuring that our country has a skilled workforce capable of delivering the next generation of zero energy ready homes.

As a DOE Building America team, we are always looking for the most promising and creative minds to help us transform the industry. We just hired another Race to Zero graduate. It’s by far the best employment service we’ve found.

Emanuel Levy, ARIES Building America team lead

Race to Zero Sponsorship Benefits

In addition to the opportunity to sponsor this event and showcase strong commitment to high-performance buildings in their own organizational materials (e.g., press releases and websites), this opportunity included:

  • Attendance at the 2-day event.
  • Providing information to teams pre-competition and during the event at our Career Connections activity and awards banquet. Designated sponsor tables will be provided during onsite events to encourage students to join you.
  • Nominating one person from the organization to serve as a juror.
  • Participation in a Career Connections activity, where you will have the opportunity to discuss internships, jobs, professional roles, and society membership for students to consider.
  • Providing specific job or internship opportunities to the competition organizers to share with students and faculty, both pre-event and up to one month after the competition event via the student website.
  • Offering existing technical resources (e.g., guides) to registered teams with an understanding that DOE is not endorsing these resources.
  • Presentation by a technical representative from your organization in a webinar to teams.
  • Sponsor recognition in the event program and on the Race to Zero website.
  • Placement of your company’s logo on event signage and at the awards banquet. 


2018 Sponsors

The support of the Race to Zero sponsors is critical to the success of the event. Their generosity includes funding, professional expertise, and industry resources.  

  • DuPont Building Innovations        
  • HOK
  • Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • NORESCO    
  • Owens Corning
  • Plastics Pipe Institute                    
  • Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
  • Spray Foam Coalition 
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
  • Structural Insulated Panel Association
  • Trane