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Category B: High-Performance Attributes & Systems

Category B recognizes projects that have demonstrated superior attention and performance in a specific high-performance building attribute or building system. Eligible attributes and systems and key criteria to be addressed in each are outlined below. Entrants may submit up to three attributes or systems per entry fee. Projects with more than three attributes or system entries should enter in the High-Performance Buildings category.

Eligible Attributes and Systems:

  • Information Management, including building information modeling (BIM), energy management systems, building automation systems, computerized maintenance management systems
  • Enclosure
  • Safety, Security and Resilience
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Sustainability
  • Other, including additional whole building design attributes identified previously.

Evaluation Criteria:

Each submission will be evaluated on how successfully it addressed the following criteria, depending on the attribute or system identified.

  • Information Management, including building information modeling (BIM), energy management systems, building automation systems, computerized maintenance management systems
    • Use of programs and systems that support interoperability and transfer of data across systems throughout the building’s life cycle
  • Enclosure
    • Use of building enclosure commissioning to validate design and construction
  • Safety, Security and Resilience
    • Development of an emergency management plan and education of facility occupants
  • Operations and Maintenance
    • Benchmarking of energy and water use (at least annually)
  • Sustainability
    • Benchmarking of energy and water use (annually, at a minimum)
    • Use of materials and practices that result in decreased resource use or materials with lower toxicity levels than traditional materials
  • Other
    • See relevant sections on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® for appropriate criteria

Submission Requirements:

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.

  • Description:
    • 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.
  • Evaluation:
    • 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 implemented strategies.
    • 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 attribute and or system and strategies implemented in the project, such as a site plan, floor plans, elevations/sections, details and analyses/reports.


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