Engineering students win top prize in national sustainable contest

Friday, April 19, 2013

Waterloo School of Architecture and engineering students won first prize in the 2013 Evolve Sustainable Design Competition sponsored by RBC and B+H Architects. 

Students Renee Hum-Hsiao, Elaina Poleto, Keegan Steeper, Joanne Yau and Thomas Yuan received first prize for their design of an environmentally sustainable bank branch of the future. They won $5,000 and the opportunity to meet with some of Canada's top architecture professionals at B+H. In addition, the Waterloo Engineering team of Alice Chen, Alan King Bowden, Andrea Ng, Alice Song and Mina Vedut was awarded an honourable mention and a $2,500 prize.

The competition challenged architecture and engineering students to work together in interdisciplinary teams to design a net-zero energy and water-wise bank branch of the future that incorporates innovative yet practical concepts for achieving extreme energy efficiency, includes renewable power and minimizes the branch's water.

"The winning submissions used a great balance of technology and passive design - strategies that maximize the benefits of natural light, heat and ventilation - to meet the goals of the competition," said Douglas Birkenshaw, principal at B+H. "The dedication and quality of submissions by all of the students was inspiring."

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