SBIC Announces its 2008 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards Program
WASHINGTON, DC - The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) is now accepting
applications from both the public and private sector for the 2008 Beyond GreenTM High-Performance
Building Awards. The Awards recognize the initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the market
for high-performance buildings, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and
construction practices. All application materials are available on the Council’s Website
(www.sbicouncil.org). The application deadline for the 2008 Awards program is October 15, 2008.
An independent, impartial jury of industry leaders will select the winning entries.
The 2008 Beyond GreenTM Awards program is a key part of SBIC’s commitment to the design,
construction and maintenance of high-performance buildings. Awards will be given in two
categories: High-Performance Buildings (Category A) and High-Performance Initiatives
(Category B). Applicants are challenged to demonstrate the successful application of the whole
building approach and to show how they maintained the proper balance of the eight design objectives
(accessible, aesthetic, cost-effective, functional, historic, productive, safe/secure and sustainable) that
make up a high-performance building. High-Performance Buildings entries may be commercial,
government, institutional, residential, and school buildings. High-Performance Initiatives may be
policy programs, educational initiatives, consumer awareness efforts, research product development
and new construction processes.
Award winners will be invited to present their projects in Washington D.C. in January of 2009, in
conjunction with an awards reception. Additional recognition will include regional and national
media exposure, an announcement on SBIC’s Website and in its newsletter, a handsome plaque, and
inclusion in future SBIC educational programs. Winning entries will also be published on the Whole
Building Design Guide (www.wbdg.org), which is maintained by the National Institute of Building
Sciences. The Whole Building Design Guide receives over 250,000 visitors and delivers more than
1.7 million downloads per month.
Last year’s awards were presented at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The
winners in the High-Performance Buildings Category included: the SmithGroup, Inc.; Dattner
Architects; Lucchesi Galati; Lord, Aeck, Sargent Architecture; Phipps Conservatory & Botanical
Gardens Inc.; Innovative Design, Inc.; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; and, Lehrer + Gangi
Design + Build. Last year’s award winners in the High-Performance Initiatives Category included:
the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Athena Institute; NJIT for the New Jersey Schools
Development Authority; and, the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS INDUSTRY COUNCIL (SBIC) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is
to unite and inspire the building industry toward higher performance—through education, outreach, advocacy and
the mutual exchange of ideas. Council Membership is open to private and public organizations and individuals who
share this mission. For more information about the Council, visit www.SBICouncil.org or call 202-628-7400.