Call for Entries
The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), along with our sponsors, is proud to announce the 2013 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards. This unique program recognizes the 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.
The winners of the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards will present their projects at a special Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon during Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences second annual Conference & Expo scheduled for January 6-11, 2014. The awards presentation and poster session gives 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 (www.wbdg.org).
Additional recognition will include an announcement in the Institute's newsletter, a plaque, posting on the SBIC website and potential inclusion in future Council technical guidelines and publications.
Who Should Apply
- Architects and Engineers
- Building Owners (public & private)
- Trade Associations
- Researchers & Educators
- Product Manufacturers & Suppliers
- Marketing & Media Experts
Entries must be completed using the online submission process NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
- The application fee varies by category. Select the category by clicking on the appropriate link above under 'Award Categories'. Payment will be accepted by American Express, Visa and MasterCard.
- Once you complete the purchase, you will see a link to your invoice on the 'Thank You' page as well as in the email receipt. Click on the link to view your invoice and locate the 'Reference ID'.
- Visit the online submission website at beyondgreen.nibs.org and follow the instructions to begin the entry process.
You do not need to complete the form all at one time. You can return anytime before the deadline to complete and submit your application. For a preview of the required submission questions download the Call for Entries brochure available as an Adobe PDF (no entries will be accepted on these forms, all entries must utilize the online submission process).
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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High-Performance Buildings and Whole Building Design
A truly successful project is one where project goals are identified early on and where the interdependencies of all building systems are coordinated concurrently from the planning and programming phase. Further, it is one that helps the building community better understand the interrelationships, evaluate and appropriately apply the eight high-performance attributes as design objectives: accessible, aesthetics, cost-effective, functional/operational, historic preservation, productive, secure/safe, and sustainable. Each of these design objectives is presented in the context of the others throughout the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® website. SBIC and its Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards Program rely on the concepts embodied in the whole building design objectives to produce high-performance buildings. Each design objective described herein is significantly important, yet it is just one aspect of what it takes to achieve a successful project.
- Sustainable: Pertains to environmental performance of building elements and strategies.
- Safe and Secure: Design and construct buildings that resist natural and man-made hazards.
- Productive/Healthy: Design for building occupant physical and psychological wellbeing.
- Accessible: Ensure equal use of the building for all and plan for flexibility.
- Aesthetic: Pertains to the physical appearance and image of building elements and spaces as well as the integrated design process.
- Cost-Effective: Selection of building elements on the basis of life-cycle costs.
- Functional: Define the size and proximity of the different spaces needed for activities and equipment and anticipate changing information technology (IT) and other building systems equipment.
- Historic: Protect and preserve, rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct historic buildings.
For more comprehensive descriptions of the eight high-performance attributes as design objectives, visit www.wbdg.org.
The National Institute of Building Sciences may use the content of any entries to educate and inspire the building industry by creating case studies, web pages and new program curricula. By participating in the awards program, entrants grant SBIC an unlimited, permanent, nonexclusive license, under which the Institute may film, tape, transcribe, or quote from the materials and/or awards reception presentations; create derivative works; and publish in any format. The Institute will not be required to pay royalties or make any payment. Organizations or individuals presenting content considered proprietary, to the extent that it cannot be shared beyond the awards program, should not participate at this time.