SBIC Accepting Entries for 2011 Beyond Green Awards

SBIC Accepting Entries for 2011 Beyond Green Awards

Prestigious awards recognize High-Performance Buildings, Initiatives, and Products

WASHINGTON, DC – November 2, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC) announced an open call for entries for the 2011 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards.

In February 2012, SBIC will recognize buildings and initiatives that best exemplify the eight design objectives of a High-Performance building: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity and safety and security.

SBIC will recognize award winners in the following categories:

  • Category A: High-Performance Buildings acknowledges building and renovation projects completed within the past three years.
  • Category B: High-Performance Initiatives recognizes policy programs, research and construction processes, educational initiatives and consumer awareness efforts.
  • Category C: High-Performance Products showcases products that aid in the design, construction, rehabilitation, operation or maintenance of a building.

This year’s awards will again feature the Greg Franta Memorial Award which celebrates a person or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to high-performance sustainable building design and construction. The award is named in memory of long-time SBIC member, director, instructor and chairman, Greg Franta.

Entries will be accepted through November 15.

Winners in each category will be invited to Washington, DC to present their projects on Capitol Hill as part of an educational briefing for lawmakers and the public, held in conjunction with the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus. Following the Capitol Hill briefing, a second session will be held at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning. Area students and local building practitioners will have the opportunity to understand winning projects in greater detail, and ask questions. Finally, winning projects will also be published on the Whole Building Design Guide.

Since 2001, the Beyond Green™ Awards have recognized exemplary innovations and innovators in the sustainable building industry. The awards encourage building professionals to develop a more holistic approach to design and construction — an approach that promotes energy, water and material efficiencies, while ensuring indoor environments that are healthy, productive and comfortable. Additionally, the awards provide a platform to showcase forward-thinking buildings and initiatives that embody the definition of a high-performance building.

More information about the Beyond Green™ Awards, as well as entry forms, can be found on SBIC’s website.

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