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TRADENEWS SYMPOSIUM ATTENDEES SEE LEED-CERTIFIED HOUSE Attendees of the Miami-Dade Does Green Affordably Symposium recently toured a prototype green singlefamily home, which is a joint project of the University of Miami Green Building and Palmetto Homes. The home, constructed with insulating concrete forms (ICFs), is the first LEED-certified home to be built in Miami. According to architect Steve Luria, RA, of Roomscapes, Inc., the 2,000 square-foot home features a “tight shell,” which will make it energy efficient and keep ongoing energy costs low. It is also certified as a fortified house, which means the owner will save 50 percent on insurance. A fortified house, according to Luria, has impact-resistant windows, a hipshaped roof, extra nailing on the roof and, the reinforced concrete walls created by ICF construction. Features that helped earn LEED certification are: The air-tight envelope of ICF construction, rainwater collection, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, a tankless water heater, additional ceiling and water pipe insulation and eco-friendly finishes. All appliances are Energy Star rated. The estimated annual energy and water savings are approximately $2,000, according to the Florida Power and Light and the Florida Green Building Coalition. The ICF system is estimated to cost only $600 more than standard concrete block construction on the same sized house. “The additional cost of the ICF blocks, concrete and steel were largely offset by savings in labor, insulation, air conditioning and other material costs. ICF construction requires fewer skilled laborers than concrete block construction and we did not need to attach furring strips to the ICFs. The ICFs have plastic ties embedded in the polystyrene which replace the need for additional furring strips required BEYOND GREEN SBIC ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 2007 HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING AWARDS The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) honored winners of the Beyond Green 2007 High Performance Building Awards Program Jan. 16 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building for the 21st Century monthly lecture series. Awards were given in two categories: High Performance Buildings, and High Performance Initiatives. Entries were evaluated based on the successful application of the Whole Building Approach, which emphasizes the eight design objectives of high performance building, and on energy and environmental considerations. This approach favors sustainability as a prominent design objective along with the proper balance of seven other design objectives: accessible, aesthetic, safe/ secure, historic, productive, functional and cost effective. All building design professionals, including SBIC members and nonmembers, were eligible to compete. Contest sponsors were: BASF, SKANSKA, BOMA, CertainTeed, Eco-structure magazine, and the Whole Building Design Guide. Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, founder and principal of Ross Barney Architects, was chair of the jury that selected the winners. Assisting her were: Leon Chatelain III, principal, Chatelain Architects, PC; Joyce Lee, AIA, chief architect in the New York City Office of Management and Budget; Claire Ramspeck, asst. director of technology for standards and special Projects, at ASHRAE; and Dennis Talton, RA Sustainable Development Program manager and accessibility coordinator for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Here is the list of winners in each category HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS First place: SmithGroup Inc., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory-The Molecular Foundry. Award Winners: • Dattner Architects, Bronx Library Center. • Lucchesi Galati, Desert Living Center and Gardens. • Lord, Aeck, Sargent Architecture, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Inc., The Most Energy Efficient Conservatory in the World. • Innovative Design Inc., Northern Guilford Middle School. • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, University of California Merced, Central Plant. • Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build, Water + Life Museums Campus. HIGH PERFORMANCE INITIATIVES First Place: Rocky Mountain Institute, High Performance Building: Perspectives and Practice; (Educational Initiative). • Innovative Initiative: Athena Institute, The Athena(r) EcoCalculator for Assemblies. • Policy Initiative: NJIT for the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, 21st Century Schools Policy Initiative and Design Manual. • Program Development Initiative: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers. 4 | Walls & Ceilings Architect | January 2008

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