Category A: High-Performance Buildings
Category A recognizes those projects that have embraced the whole building design concept and have demonstrated its use through the integration and optimization of numerous high-performance building attributes. If adequate details are provided, submissions for this award also will be eligible for consideration for a High-Performance Attribute or System Award (with no additional entry fee). Entrants are encouraged to use the criteria associated with the individual attributes and systems identified in category B to demonstrate their consideration in the design, construction and operations and maintenance process. All projects in this category must have been occupied for at least 1 year and provide performance data indicating achievement of high-performance objectives.
Eligible projects include:
- New Commercial (1-3 years)
- Including Public and Academic Buildings
- New Residential (1-3 years)
- Existing Building Remodel/Retrofit (1+ years)
- Historic Preservation Remodel/Retrofit (1+ years)
- Whole Building Design Objectives. How you balanced the whole building design objectives and the synergies that result from their interaction.
- Integrated Design. The process used to bring together a unified team to address the various design objectives.
- Benefits to the Owner, Client and Community. Does the building have lower operations and maintenance costs or improved durability? How does the high-performance building provide greater benefit than a conventional building? How have resilience strategies (both at the building level and the community level) been incorporated?
- Innovation. Unique aspects to your approach and any innovative problem solving you used to overcome challenges.
- Energy and Environmental Considerations. How your entry promotes energy and water savings and the use of renewable resources.
- Building Information Modeling. How your entry uses building information modeling (BIM) throughout the building life cycle to improve performance.
Submissions will only be accepted through the online submission process. Following is a brief outline of the type of information requested within the submission forms:
- Provide a description of the project, including the project team, the number and scope of buildings, history and completion date, site conditions/context and community.
- Explain how the strategies you selected were implemented and evaluated in terms of their effectiveness. Include both qualitative and quantitative performance information.
- Describe design trade-offs and interactions.
- Describe both positive and negative aspects of the process. Include the composition of the project team that allowed goals to be met.
- List resources and/or tools that were utilized in the design/construction/operation of the project and how they aided in the accomplishment of outlined goals.
- Describe how building materials, systems and product selection addressed the design objectives, goals and strategies.
- Describe how the project addressed existing site conditions and context, including the surrounding community.
- Project Results/Lessons Learned:
- Describe goals that were met, especially as they relate to the eight design objectives.
- Describe each phase of the project and how the eight design objectives were addressed. Project Phases include: Pre-design/Planning, Design, Construction, Operations/Maintenance, and Post-occupancy Evaluation.
- Describe synergies that resulted from the strategies implemented.
- How did you measure or evaluate the performance of the building?
- Describe how the owner/client and community benefited.
- Provide details on energy use, the indoor environment and resilience.
- Additional Supporting Materials:
- Include materials/images that represent the building and strategies implemented in the project, such as a site plan, floor plans, elevations/sections, details and analyses/reports.
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