EPA honors student and professional green building designs
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
recently honored innovative green building design ideas
that reduce the environmental and energy impacts of buildings.
These concepts aim to help architects and builders reduce
more than 88 million tons of building-related construction
and demolition debris sent to domestic landfills each
year and the climate impacts of buildings and building
The EPA awards recognize student and professional designs
for buildings and building projects, as well as special
categories, including the creation of green jobs.
“These cutting edge designs are part of a new innovative
trend in environmental protection,” said Jeff Scott,
the EPA’s waste management division director for the
Pacific Southwest region. “Lifecycle building strategies
will help all of us get the most possible out of our
natural resources and ultimately save money.”
Lifecycle building emphasizes designing buildings to
facilitate disassembly and material reuse to minimize
waste, energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas
emissions. Also known as design for disassembly and design
for deconstruction, lifecycle building creates high-performance
buildings today that are stocks of resources for the
future. The EPA recently reported that doubling the reuse
and recycling of construction and demolition debris would
result in an emissions savings of 150 million metric
tons of CO2 equivalent per year, equal to the entire
annual carbon emissions from the state of North Carolina.
The EPA, along with its partners, the American Institute
of Architects, West Coast Green, the Collaborative for
High Performance Schools and stopwaste.org, invited professionals
and students nationwide to submit designs and ideas that
support cost-effective disassembly and anticipate future
use of building materials. The competition was open to
architects, reuse experts, engineers, designers, planners,
contractors, builders, educators, environmental advocates
and students. This year, the competition was extended
to include international participants who hailed from
Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Columbia, France, Egypt
and the United Kingdom.
The winning designs were recently featured at a poster
session at West Coast Green, the largest conference on
green innovation for the built environment.
Professional Product Winner – The Modular Temporary Construction
Wall/Barricade by Douglas Spear and Aaron Barnes, ENVY
Modular Wall Systems LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada.
This modular temporary construction wall system consists
of panels and extruded joining parts that are recyclable,
reusable and can be recycled into new products with zero
waste. It replaces wall systems that are used for a short
period of time (1-18 months) and often end up in a landfill.
Replacing conventional materials used to create temporary
walls saves approximately 1 ton of material from the
landfill per 70 linear feet of standard height wall.
The modular temporary construction wall system is being
used in the MGM Mirage City Center Project in Las Vegas,
where it will conserve over 100 tons of construction
Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Green Job Creation
– ReAnimateLA: Center for Ecological & Urban Recovery
by Hayley Stewart, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California.
ReAnimate LA would create up to 100 green jobs maintaining
the sustainable elements of the building, such as the
extraction and reuse of salvaged materials in construction,
photovoltaic and ground-source heat pump systems, and
bioremediation planting. ReAnimate LA speaks to the changing
public values on environmental policy and the urban networks
that are essential in bringing back value to a localized,
organic way of life in the American city.
Student Building Honorable Mention – The Political Ply
Arid Zone Shade Structure by Jason Griffiths, Arizona
State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Political Ply explores methods of re-purposing existing
political campaign signs to form a temporary arid-zone
shade structure. The structure is composed of hexagons
and each cell has a self contained cooling structure.
The project is designed for disassembly, and each hexagonal
cell is tapered to allow cells to stack together for