Washington, D.C.–The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) is now soliciting entries for the 2007 Beyond Green™ High Performance Building Awards. As the Council entered its seventh year of awards programs, the emphasis was updated to reflect its evolving approach to building design, summed up by Beyond Green™. These unique awards will recognize initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high performance construction practices. The program is open to all and offers two entry categories, "High Performance Initiatives" and "High Performance Buildings." Federal, state and private sector entries are welcome. Commercial, institutional and residential buildings are all eligible. Appropriate applicants would include trade associations, researchers, architects, engineers, consultants, universities and educators, builders, public and private building owners, product manufacturers and suppliers, marketing and media experts, and utilities. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, November 30, 2007. Entry fees range from $200 to $400. Full details, including the Call for Entries, Submission Guidelines and Applications are available online at www.sbicouncil.org.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.