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2016 Award Entry - Category A: High-Performance Buildings

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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)

 Evaluation Criteria:

  • 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.

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 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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