SBIC Appoints Jury for 2013 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards

Only One Week Left to Submit Award Entries by November 1 Deadline

The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council has appointed Sam Brooks, Ann Edminster and George Northcroft to serve as the jury for the 2013 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards.

“We are proud to announce the jury of experts for the 2013 Beyond Green™ Awards,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “Their diverse experience, from the local jurisdiction viewpoint to the federal agency perspective, as well as an expert on net-zero energy, will bring a well-rounded perspective when deciding which of the high-performance entries submitted this year are the most worthy of recognition.”

The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards highlight those initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those buildings, initiatives, products, projects and innovations that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high-performance, from all of the entries submitted to SBIC by the November 1 deadline. The 2013 award categories include High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; High-Performance Products; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings; as well as the Greg Franta Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to high-performance, sustainable building design and construction.

SBIC will recognize the 2013 award winners on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during the Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Lehigh Hanson. The luncheon and that morning’s co-located SBIC Symposium, which will focus on Beyond Green™: Guidance for Life-Cycle Performance, are part a series of events taking place during Building Innovation 2014—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 6-10, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Sam Brooks is the Director of the Energy & Sustainability Division at the District of Columbia Department of General Services. In that capacity, Brooks oversees the government’s energy supply and acquisition, a budget of $91 million in 2012. The group also develops and executes multi-million dollar energy conservation initiatives for the agency’s 26 million sq. ft. portfolio. Prior to working for the D.C. Government, Mr. Brooks founded a firm that specialized in energy-efficient contracting.

Ann Edminster is a leading expert on green homes, focusing on assisting design and building professionals in developing their capacity to create better buildings. Edminster authored Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, a comprehensive guide for those seeking to create net-zero energy homes, and she teaches widely on that subject. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition and chaired the inaugural Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit (held October 2013). Edminster was a principal developer of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Rating System.

George Northcroft is Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Northwest/Arctic Region. He oversees all of GSA’s operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including management of federal real estate and information technology. The Northwest/Arctic Region has a federal inventory of 647 owned and leased buildings, more than 450 employees and a total budget of more than $462.3 million annually. Northcroft previously served as Director of Business Relations & Economic Development for King County, Washington.

Learn more about the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards. Download the Call for Entries. Register for the Luncheon.

About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.


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