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SBIC Announces Beyond Green Winners


By Jessica Boehland

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has announced the winners in its 2007 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards Program. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry—a Berkeley, California, facility dedicated to nanoscale materials research—won first place in the high-performance buildings category. The LEED Gold Molecular Foundry was designed by SmithGroup, which was featured in GreenSource.

Bronx Library Center in New York City
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Molecular Foundry U.S. Department of Energy
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SBIC also awarded two first-place winners in the high-performance initiatives category: Rocky Mountain Institute won for its short film “High Performance Building: Perspectives and Practice,” produced with the U.S. Green Building Council to present the business case for green building, and the Athena Institute won for its EcoCalculator for Assemblies, a free lifecycle assessment tool for rating the environmental impact of building assemblies.

SBIC recognized seven other projects in the buildings category:

the LEED Silver Bronx Library Center in New York City, designed by Dattner Architects;

the LEED Platinum Desert Living Center in Las Vegas, designed by Lucchesi Galati Architects;

the LEED Silver Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford, Georgia, designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent;

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, designed by IKM Architects;

Northern Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, North Carolina, designed by Innovative Design;

the University of California–Merced Central Plant, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and

the Water + Life Museums Campus in Hemet, California, designed by Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build.

SBIC also recognized two other projects in the initiatives category:

the “21st Century Schools Policy Initiative and Design Manual,” produced by the New Jersey Institute of Technology for the New Jersey Schools Development Authority; and

the “Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers,” produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, founder and principal of Ross Barney Architects, chaired the jury, which also included Leon Chatelain III, principal of Chatelain Architects; Joyce Lee, AIA, chief architect in the New York City Office of Management and Budget; Claire Ramspeck, assistant director of technology for standards and special projects at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and Dennis Talton, sustainable development program manager and accessibility coordinator for Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Sponsors included BASF, Skanska, BOMA International, CertainTeed, Eco-Structure magazine, and the Whole Building Design Guide.

This article was produced by BuildingGreen, Inc.- www.buildinggreen.com

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