The 2021 event accepted entries from 63 teams representing 58 collegiate institutions from the United States, Canada, Australia, India, South Korea, and other countries. Entries were in seven categories of building types (e.g., Urban Single Family, Multi-Family, Elementary School). Teams of Jurors, assigned to each category, utilized an objective scoring scheme to evaluate each of the design entries across ten contests (i.e., “Decathlon”). PPI’s Lance MacNevin was a juror in the Mixed-Use Multifamily Division this year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event was held virtually, with students submitting video presentations to the jurors in advance of the Competition Weekend. On April 16-17, each student team gave a live presentation to the jurors, followed by Q&A and discussion. Then, the jurors shared comments, compared scores, and reached consensus to select their category’s first, second, and third place winners.
On April 18th, the seven Division Winners were announced. Following a few minutes of joy, each winning team then gave a summary presentation of their design to the Grand Jurors, who selected two overall Grand Winners for residential and commercial designs. US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm was a guest speaker during these award presentations.
Several of this year’s designs included plastic piping solutions such as hydronic radiant heating/cooling, ground source geothermal exchange, and domestic plumbing, utilizing piping materials represented by PPI’s Building & Construction Division. PPI congratulates all the 2021 top finishers listed here.