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SBIC Appoints Jury for 2013 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards

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Only One Week Left to Submit Award Entries by November 1 Deadline

The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council has appointed Sam Brooks, Ann Edminster and George Northcroft to serve as the jury for the 2013 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards.

"We are proud to announce the jury of experts for the 2013 Beyond Green™ Awards,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. "Their diverse experience, from the local jurisdiction viewpoint to the federal agency perspective, as well as an expert on net-zero energy, will bring a well-rounded perspective when deciding which of the high-performance entries submitted this year are the most worthy of recognition.”

The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards highlight 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 processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those buildings, initiatives, products, projects and innovations that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high-performance, from all of the entries submitted to SBIC by the November 1 deadline. The 2013 award categories include High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; High-Performance Products; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings; as well as the Greg Franta Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to high-performance, sustainable building design and construction.

SBIC will recognize the 2013 award winners on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during the Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Lehigh Hanson. The luncheon and that morning’s co-located SBIC Symposium, which will focus on Beyond Green™: Guidance for Life-Cycle Performance, are part a series of events taking place during Building Innovation 2014—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 6-10, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Sam Brooks is the Director of the Energy & Sustainability Division at the District of Columbia Department of General Services. In that capacity, Brooks oversees the government’s energy supply and acquisition, a budget of $91 million in 2012. The group also develops and executes multi-million dollar energy conservation initiatives for the agency’s 26 million sq. ft. portfolio. Prior to working for the D.C. Government, Mr. Brooks founded a firm that specialized in energy-efficient contracting.

Ann Edminster is a leading expert on green homes, focusing on assisting design and building professionals in developing their capacity to create better buildings. Edminster authored Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, a comprehensive guide for those seeking to create net-zero energy homes, and she teaches widely on that subject. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition and chaired the inaugural Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit (held October 2013). Edminster was a principal developer of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Rating System.

George Northcroft is Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Northwest/Arctic Region. He oversees all of GSA’s operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including management of federal real estate and information technology. The Northwest/Arctic Region has a federal inventory of 647 owned and leased buildings, more than 450 employees and a total budget of more than $462.3 million annually. Northcroft previously served as Director of Business Relations & Economic Development for King County, Washington.

Learn more about the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards. Download the Call for Entries. Register for the Luncheon.

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