There’s Still Time to Nominate Excellence in High-Performance Buildings


SBIC Beyond Greenâ„¢ Awards Entries Due November 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 15, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Know an individual, product, company or jurisdiction that has made achieving high-performance buildings a priority? Then nominate them for a 2013 Beyond Greenâ„¢ High-Performance Building Award. But don’t wait. There are only three weeks left to submit entries.

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The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has expanded the categories in its 2013 Beyond Greenâ„¢ High-Performance Building Awards. The program now includes award categories to recognize building projects that focus on enhancing individual building systems or attributes, as well as innovations in design processes, contracting, code administration, insurance and research.

The Beyond Greenâ„¢ High-Performance Building Awards recognize those initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction practices.

In past years, the awards primarily focused on sustainability, energy-efficiency and green-related building features. In 2013, the Council wanted to incorporate the whole-building design aspects of other Institute programs. Therefore the new categories reflect the areas Institute programs focus on, such as building enclosure design; codes and standards; and facility maintenance and operations, and the important role they play in achieving high-performance buildings.

Once selected, the winners of the Beyond Greenâ„¢ High-Performance Building Awards will be invited to present their projects and receive their awards at a special Beyond Greenâ„¢ Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Lehigh Hanson, to be held during Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, the week of January 6-10, 2014. The awards presentation and poster session give winners an opportunity to share directly with leaders in the building community, highlighting the challenges and opportunities they faced while delivering high-performance buildings.

Winning projects will be published on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® website ( Additional recognition will include an announcement in the Institute’s newsletter, a plaque, posting of the case study on the SBIC website and potential inclusion in future SBIC technical guidelines and publications.

The deadline to apply for the 2013 Beyond Greenâ„¢ Awards is Friday, November 1, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving project, initiative, innovation or individual. Submit an entry today!

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