The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recently recognized the 14 winners of its 2008 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards. Open to SBIC members and nonmembers, the 2008 awards program was designed to challenge public- and private-sector practitioners to successfully apply a whole-building approach and to integrate some or all of the following high-performance building design objectives: accessibility, aesthetics, cost effectiveness, function, historic preservation, productivity, safety/security, and sustainability.

Beyond Green Awards were given for High-Performance Buildings (category A—including commercial, residential, government, institutional, and educational)—and High-Performance Initiatives (category B—including policy programs, educational initiatives, consumer awareness efforts, research product development, and new construction processes).

Winners in the High-Performance Buildings category are:

  • First Place: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., submitted by HOK Sport Venue Event, Kansas City, Mo., HOK, Washington, D.C., and Devrouax & Purnell Architects, Washington, D.C.

  • Award Winners:
    Multifamily: Garden Street Lofts, Hoboken, N.J., submitted by ShoP Architects, New York City.
    Mixed-Use: California Public Employees' Retirement System Headquarters Complex, submitted by Pickard Chilton, New Haven, Conn.
    Single-Family: Coming Home—The Restoration and Greening of 643 Felder Ave., Montgomery, Ala., submitted by Joe Catledge Builders, Montgomery.
    Academic: Cambridge School of Weston, Garthwaite Center for Science & Art, Weston, Mass., submitted by Architerra Inc., Boston.
    Private - Commercial: Christman Building, Lansing, Mich., submitted by SmithGroup, Detroit.
    Public - Commercial: Kitsap County Administration Building, Port Orchard, Wash., submitted by The Miller|Hull Partnership, Seattle.
    Research and Development Project: The Home Depot Smart Home, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, N.C., submitted by SmithGroup, Durham.
    Municipal: Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service Center, Seattle, submitted by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle. Winners in the High-Performance Initiatives category are:

  • First Place: High Performance Buildings magazine, submitted by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

  • Award Winners:
    Education: Advanced Energy Design Guides—"Transforming the Marketplace," submitted by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
    Construction Process: High-Performance Laboratory Facility Decommissioning Initiative, submitted by DHHS National Institutes of Health, Office of Research Facilities.
    Education: Universal Green Initiative, submitted by the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.
    Policy/Program Development: New York City Green Schools Guide and Standards Revision, submitted by New York City School Construction Authority and Dattner Architects, New York City. Each winning project will be featured as an in-depth case study on the National Institute of Building Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide site. For more information about the Beyond Green High Performance Building Awards, visit