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2014 Student Design Project Competition

 

Each team must register using the link below. Teams that are registered for the 2014 Design Competition will receive the FTP upload instructions via email. If your team is not registered, you will NOT receive this information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Previous ASHRAE Design Competition Winners

 

ASHRAE sponsors these competitions to encourage students to become involved in a profession that is crucial to insuring a sustainable future for our Earth – the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems. ASHRAE will recognize the outstanding student design projects at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago, January 24th – 28th, 2015. 

The student design competition's guidelines provide enough background information to enable the teams to design or select the HVAC system for the given building, or to design a sustainable building implementing an integrated building design process (the architectural and building design for sustainability, and its supporting mechanical and electrical systems) for the given program.

The Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) competition's aim is to encourage students to extend their knowledge beyond the core mechanical systems. For the ISBD category, the final design level presented may be in a preliminary stage, as the competition's basic intention is to challenge students' imaginative thinking and creative engineering approach to the building and all of its systems.

The Applied Engineer Challenge's aim is to encourage student creativity and innovation on an applied engineering concept. This hand's on competition is best suited for students that want to invent or optimize equipment technologies in order to solve market or societal problems. This design competition challenges the participants not only on the technical side, but also on conception and communication of details in order to share this technology with developing economies as well as the non-engineering community.

Teams may compete in one of the four categories:

  • HVAC Design Calculations
  • HVAC System Selection
  • Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD)
  • The Applied Engineering Challenge

ASHRAE recommends that the project groups consist of at least two members from an undergraduate engineering or architecture curriculum for the HVAC Design Calculations or HVAC System Selection and at least three members (architecture or construction, mechanical & electrical) for the ISBD competition. Team members can be from multiple colleges. All team members must be enrolled during the semester/term in which they contribute to the design. The Applied Engineering Challenge is for a team of 1 to 6 engineering students with a keen interest in sustainable design of equipment.

 

Submission Instructions

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY via the ASHRAE FTP site. Only those teams that register will get the FTP site information and instructions for uploading entries. 

FTP Submission Information

 

All teams that are registered participants of the 2014 Design Competition will receive the FTP upload instructions via email. If your team is not registered, you will NOT receive this information.

The submission for the HVAC Design Calculations competition must be in PDF format only! No separate visual aids will be accepted (PowerPoint, YouTube, etc). Deliverable presentation should consist of a 35-page maximum technical report in PDF format only. Font size should be 11 pts, utilizing either Arial or Times New Roman.

The submission for HVAC System Selection competition is limited to 15 minutes visual aid (PowerPoint, YouTube, etc.) All PPTs have to be automated and not page by page click ALONG with a 30-page maximum technical report in PDF format. Font size should be 11 pts, utilizing either Arial or Times New Roman.

The submission for the Integrated Sustainable Building Design competition is limited to 15 minutes (PowerPoint, YouTube, etc.) ALONG with a 35-page maximum technical report in PDF format. Font size should be 11 pts, utilizing either Arial or Times New Roman.

The submission for the Applied Engineering Challenge is limited to a 10 page maximum technical report along with a 15-page maximum installation manual. Font size should be 11 pts, utilizing either Arial or Times New Roman. The 2 reports should include, at a minimum, the following:

  • Description of the unit design
  • A "do it yourself from scratch'' manual with operation and maintenance manual
  • All documents must be presented in PDF format, no color and should be clearly readable in black and white print.
  • A review of all major assumptions
  • Supporting calculations
 

Awards

Awards will be presented to the winners of each of the four competitions as follows:

  • 1st place
  • 2nd place
  • 3rd place
  • Rising Star

First Place: $2,000 plus a representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights lodging and $100 expenses for attendance at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Plenary. A 24 x 36 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Second Place: A representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights' lodging at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Third Place: A representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights lodging at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Rising Star: A representative from the team will receive free transportation and two nights lodging for attendance at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program. 

Time Line

What is the Evaluation Time Schedule? 

There will be three levels of evaluation except for the Applied Engineering Challenge. Evaluators at all levels will judge the design project reports, not only for content, but also for compliance with the contest rules.

*The Applied Engineering Challenge will only be judged at the society level by a special committee and students must adhere to the June 2 final deadline.

May 4, 2014
Entries must be submitted electronically by this date by uploading the entry to the ASHRAE Society FTP site established for this purpose. Only teams who register will get the FTP site information emailed to them, so please register at least 30 days prior to this date to allow for processing.

Only ASHRAE chapters with registered teams will have the FTP site emailed to them as well.

Teams that do not have a local chapter are required to adhere to this same deadline. Your entry will be evaluated by the closest chapter to your school or your Regional Vice-Chair (RVC) for Student Activities.

May 18, 2014
Deadline for local ASHRAE Chapters to forward their selection of the best entry in each category to the Student Activities Regional Vice Chair (RVC). Chapters are to download the necessary entries from the ASHRAE FTP site for local judging. FTP site information is only distributed to those chapters that have teams registered to participate in the competition.

Once your selection is made simply email the names of the winning entries to your RVC with a copy to jledford@ashrae.org by the deadline above.

If applicable, chapters should ALSO nominate a "rising star" as well. The Rising Star must be a school that does not qualify for the regional or national competition, but is a quality entry and the school has not had a winning entry in the previous three years.

June 1, 2014 
Deadline for local ASHRAE Student Activities Regional Vice Chairs to forward their selection of the best entry in each category to ASHRAE Headquarters for national judging. Regional Vice Chairs are to download the necessary entries in your region from the ASHRAE FTP site for judging.

Once your selection is made simply email the names of the entries to jledford@ashrae.org by the deadline above.

All entries that pass regional judging will be submitted to the national judging committee for final judging.

If applicable, Regional Vice Chairs can nominate a "rising star" as well. The Rising Star must be a school that does not qualify for the national competition, but is a quality entry and the school has not had a winning entry in the previous three years.

*The Applied Engineering Challenge will only be judged at the society level by a special committee and students must adhere to this final June 2 deadline.

June 19, 2014 
National level competition under the direction of the Student Activities Student Project Competition Subcommittee will complete evaluation of national level entries, and will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. In order to encourage additional schools to participate in the competition, a "Rising Star" winner will be chosen within each category from among those schools that have not had a winning entry in the previous three years.2008 Student Design Competition Winners

Please Note: The Society level of the competition is conducted during a closed subcommittee session and therefore, team members and/or faculty advisors, or other persons outside of the Student Activities Committee, may not attend. Any violation of this notice can result in a team's disqualification from the competition.

Monday August 4, 2014
Winners announced

 

ASHRAE Provides a Preview of Popular Standards here.

 

Competition Descriptions:

The 2014 student competition focuses on a 2 story office and research and development facility in New York City, USA. ASHRAE student teams outside the United States may locate the building in the capital of the students' state, province or country, i.e., students from Mexico may use Mexico City.

The final HVAC System Selection and Design for the proposed building shall address the following major design goals:

  • Low Life Cycle Cost
  • Low Environmental Impact
  • Comfort and Health
  • Creative High Performance Green Design
  • Synergy with architecture

Owners Project Requirements

1. HVAC Design Calculations
For students who have attended 1-2 HVAC courses. Focuses on the design calculations required to provide an energy-efficient design for the facility. Students are required to determine heating and cooling loads, and design the selected HVAC systems for the building, while demonstrating compliance with ASHRAE Standards 55, 62.1, and 90.1.

AND/OR

2. HVAC Systems Selection
For students at schools completing a dedicated HVAC or building environmental systems curriculum. The project encourages students with a solid HVAC base to use life-cycle cost process to select the building HVAC system(s) as well as incorporate the sustainability process promoted by ASHRAE by integrating ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 - Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, and the US Green Building Council's LEED™ Rating System (or equivalent in the home country of international students.)

3. Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD)
This 2014 student competition requires multidisciplinary teams to design an energy efficient sustainable project approaching a "Zero Energy" building with minimized energy demands for HVAC and all other technical systems that could be satisfied with locally available or building-installed renewable energy sources (RES). Students will be asked to satisfy a national or local sustainability standard (LEED or the equivalent in their country), and then implement RES to approach "Zero Energy" limit.

The fundamental goal of this design competition category is to encourage students to obtain experience in the ISBD process. Architects and engineers should work together from the very beginning to determine building orientation, layout, materials, mechanical systems, and electrical systems that meet the client's needs and work with the surrounding environment to minimize energy consumption.

4. Applied Engineering Challenge 
The 2014 Applied Engineering Challenge will address the urgent need to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), particularly in residential applications. Many studies document the health effects of indoor biomass combustion for heating and cooking. The negative effects of this combustion are amplified by use of unvented appliances and procedures. The estimated impact of no or improper venting of combustion products is estimated to be 2 million deaths per year. A video can be seen here which help quantify the IAQ issues involved. 

 

General Guidelines

The category of Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) is intended for undergraduate or graduate students of mixed disciplines with enough training to work collaboratively on the building, mechanical and electrical design. ASHRAE recommends that the team for the ISBD consist of at least three members with education covering architecture/construction, mechanical (HVAC) engineering, and electrical engineering.

These multidisciplinary teams will be expected to design an energy efficient sustainable project approaching a “Zero Energy” building with minimized energy demands for HVAC and all other technical systems that could be satisfied with locally available and/or building installed Renewable Energy Sources (RES). Students will be asked to satisfy ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 and then implement RES to approach “Zero Energy” if possible.

The fundamental goal of this design competition category is to encourage students to obtain experience in the ISBD process. Architects and engineers should work together from the very beginning to determine building orientation, layout, materials, mechanical systems, and electrical systems that meet the client’s needs and work with the surrounding environment to minimize energy consumption. Additionally, special attention should be given to sustainability, the needs of the future shall be as (or more) important as the needs of the present when designing the building layout and integral systems. The judging criteria will be centered on ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011; thus, areas of judging shall include Site SustainabilityWater Use EfficiencyEnergy EfficiencyIndoor Environmental Quality, the Building’s Impact on Atmosphere-Materials-Resourcesand Construction and Plans for Operation.

 

Specific Design Guidelines

Architectural
The design should be connected to the site, of appropriate scale, and minimize its impact on its surroundings. The team should adequately describe the selected site; each team should select an appropriate site for their project consistent with sustainable site selection practices such as those in ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011.

The building envelop shall conform to ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 as a minimum, this includes (but is not limited to) glazing, walls, roofs, fenestration, and foundations. The basic layout of this 2-story building shall include administrative offices, reference library & document archives, website support/computer room, a clean room, shipping and receiving areas, a staging area for off-site activities, with new research & development areas. The interior wall construction shall be sensitive to noise transmission such that minimal noise shall be transmitted from one space to any adjacent space. If elements of the building are not clearly defined, refer to ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 for clarification.  Esthetic appearance is important; as such building systems (mechanical & electrical) shall not be visible if possible.

Per ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011, the building is classified as “Long Life”; thus, the sustainable life cycle analysis shall be 40 years and all building decisions shall be based on this assumption. This assumption shall also be integral to decisions on building orientation, shape, envelop construction and materials, and systems within the building to maintain functionality, purpose, and energy efficiency. Spaces within the building shall be adequately sized for service and sustainable practices.
The team shall include per ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 integrated combinations of building shading and natural day lighting to reduce electrical loads within the building. Additionally, teams shall include as a minimum the mandatory space requirements for PV power per Standard 189.1-2011 in the efforts to reduce peak electrical demand and annual electrical consumption. Per Standard 189.1-2011, teams shall illustrate how the building will shave 5% of the peak electrical load through a combined balance of architectural, mechanical and electrical design; while still maintaining the comfort levels of occupants, per ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, within the building.

MEP Systems
The minimum team goal is to meet ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 levels of efficiency, which is 30% better than ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007. Teams shall include illustrations of projected annual building energy consumption (including plug load), this annualized energy consumption shall be shown in Energy Use Intensity (EUI) value units of kBtus/ft2. Teams from outside North America wishing to locate the building in their capital city may illustrate their EUI in Mj/m2.

Teams shall illustrate their mechanical and electrical systems of choice such that examples of energy efficiency meeting (or exceeding) ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 are included. Demonstration of acceptable Indoor Environmental Quality shall also be included; examples could include (but are not limited to) human comfort, ventilation effectiveness, and building air pollutant control.

Lighting levels within ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 shall be maintained or exceeded, demonstration of this shall be illustrated by each team. Inclusive of the lighting level control shall be all outside lighting to illustrate the reduction of Backlight, Uplight and Glare (BUG) to the building site. Teams shall include examples of lighting level control (occupancy control, daylight control, etc…) to illustrate reductions in overall building energy footprint.

 

Sustainability

Per ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 teams shall include a “Plan for Building Operation”. Teams shall develop a means for the building owner to document steps during the construction phase, commissioning phase, and operational phase which will provide sustainable performance plan for the building, its functionality for occupants, and its EUI performance for the future. Teams shall include examples from Standard 189.1-2011 on how this would be implemented and maintained for future utilization.

Per the performance option of the Energy Efficiency section of Standard 189.1-2011, teams shall illustrate annual building production of CO2 emissions from utility consumption.

 

Utility Usage and Life Cycle Considerations

Teams shall assume the following for utility service and life cycle elements available to the ISBD team and building owner.

Grid supplied electricity, natural gas, city water, and city sewer shall follow the “Utility and Service Life Overview” document

Life Cycle Factors shall include escalation, inflation, return on investment rate, and life span per the “Utility and Service Life Overview” document

 

Design Parameters and Assumptions

Refer to the Owner’s Project Requirements for design parameters and assumptions.  Assumed people activity and related impact on building thermal loads shall follow ASHRAE Standard 55-2010 and the Fundamentals handbook; the team shall illustrate assumed levels of people activity and its impact on the building load.

Building structural, architectural, mechanical, and electrical elements shall conform to ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 as a minimum. Teams have the freedom to exceed this standard if specific examples exist and are intended to be used by the team for purposes of demonstrating superior building performance, such use shall be stated and illustrated.

If the team is moving the building to their native capital city, the team shall state any assumed design parameters which may differ from the items within this document and/or ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 for clarification.