Also on that day, SBIC's members and colleagues will gather on SBIC's Super Thursday for a full day of activities featuring a timely plenary, interactive forum, annual member peer-to-peer exchange, and presentation of the 2005 Best Sustainable Practice and Exemplary Sustainable Building awards. The goal of Super Thursday is to educate practitioners, owners, federal officials, and educators and students on the latest trends and current state of sustainable design in the built environment. SBIC's Super Thursday is held as part of SBIC's Ecobuild Federal conference and expo.
This year, the council will give awards in two categories. The Best Sustainable Practice Award recognizes the exceptional contributions SBIC members are making to sustainability across the United States. The 2005 Best Sustainable Practice Awards were open to all SBIC members, many of whom continue to set the standard for energy- and resource-efficient design in America's buildings. The 2005 Exemplary Sustainable Building Award recognizes institutional, residential, and government buildings that demonstrate the successful application of the whole building design approach. This year's focus is on the integration of sustainability and durability. All building design professionals, including SBIC members and nonmembers, were eligible to compete in the Exemplary Sustainable Building category. Each project recognized under this category provides lessons to learn from, fostering the movement toward more sustainable buildings.