In an effort to generate new ideas about sustainable design solutions for the future, the Dow Chemical Company has launched its Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition. The competition asks architecture and engineering students to design near-zero energy multi-family dwellings.
Dow, a giant global chemical company, has expressed a commitment to sustainability, as evidenced by the sustainability goals listed on its website
. It hopes to achieve its lofty goals by 2015. The goals include producing breakthroughs that will “significantly help world challenges” involving energy, climate change, water, food, housing, and health. Dow plans to develop technologies that further sustainability, and the hope is that this competition will help it to do so.