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2018 Award Entry - Category C: High-Performance Initiatives

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Category C: High-Performance Initiatives

Category C recognizes that, in addition to the design, construction and operations of high-performance buildings, such efforts require education and outreach, as well as policies to support the transformation of the built environment.

Eligible Initiatives:

  • Policy Programs. Results from expert forums, code reforms, legislative initiatives or industry-led advocacy activities.
  • Educational Initiatives. Curriculum development or delivery for workshops, conferences or distance learning applications; development of professional literature, books, newspapers and magazines; or development of continuing education programs for building industry professionals.
  • Consumer Awareness Efforts. Media campaigns, creative advertising, grassroots educational programs or demonstration houses and buildings.
  • Building Community Activities. Competitions, data collections and industry collaborations.
  • Community Resilience and Hazard Mitigation Planning and Implementation. Climate/hazard adaptation/mitigation planning, evaluation programs, regional planning activities and preparedness exercises.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Whole Building Design Objectives. The successful resolutions to balancing the eight whole building design objectives, highlighting synergies resulting from their interaction.
  • Transferability and Marketability. How the initiative can be replicated by or for others, thereby extending the reach of the project.
  • Energy and Environmental Considerations. How the entry promotes energy and water savings and the use of renewable resources.
  • Resilience. How the initiative contributes to the resilience of a building or community.

Submission Requirements:

Submissions will only be accepted through online submissions. Below is a brief outline of the type of information requested within the submission forms.

  • Description:
    • Provide a description of the policy, program initiative, product or activity.
  • Evaluation:
    • Explain how your submission meets the evaluation criteria.
  • Results/Lessons Learned:
    • Describe goals related to your submission that were met and not met, and reasons for these outcomes.
    • Describe synergies that resulted from the eight design objectives you address in your initiative.
    • Define how these results were determined and measured.
    • Describe benefits to your target audience.
  • Additional Supporting Materials:
    • Include illustrative photographs, graphics and/or samples as appropriate.


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