Monday, February 28, 2011

One week left for entries for USGBC design competition

One week remains on the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) call for charrette submissions for the 2012 Natural Talent Design Competition.

The green building non-profit is seeking a compelling subject – person, place or item – that represents a need for a sustainable building solution. All ideas must be buildable, certifiable, and impactful.

Submissions are due by 5 P.M. on March 4.

The entries will be used to inform discussion during a charrette featuring green building and community development professionals, to be held in mid- to late-March in Washington, DC. The creator of the top entry will be rewarded with a trip to participate in the charrette.

On April 1, a winning entry will be announced, and USGBC staff will begin the site selection process.

A program and brief featuring the specific design challenge will be sent to USGBC local chapters and architectural schools on August 29, and an official announcement of the design site will be made at Greenbuild 2011, October 4-7 in Toronto.

The competition officially opens on January 4, 2012 and closes on May 11, 2012.

The 2010 competition, held in partnership with the Salvation Army's EnviRenew Initiative, focused on New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood.

Four selected design team finalists were charged with creating homes that are no larger than 880 square feet, cost no more than $100,000 to build, and could achieve USGBC LEED for Homes Platinum standards.

The final grand prize for the 2010 competition also will be awarded at Greenbuild 2011.

Previous reading on BC:
Presenters needed for 'premier sustainability event in the Midwest' (1/18/11)
LEED ratings extended to neighborhoods (5/5/10)
Cincinnati USGBC chapter wins national advocacy award (1/4/10)
USGBC Cincinnati to host tours of Herald Building, DeSales Flats (1/4/10)
Cincinnati State wins $10K grant from USGBC (9/28/09)