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Nominations sought for 2010 Idaho BetterBricks Awards

It’s that time of the year once more to recognize excellence in Idaho’s green building scene.

Nominations are being sought for the 2010 Idaho BetterBricks Awards. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance program is an annual recognition of the state’s champions in high-performance building. Nominations are due Sept. 10 and can be made by clicking here. Self-nominations will also be accepted.

The BetterBricks program honors building professionals who are taking significant strides and taking the lead in reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of Northwest commercial buildings. To learn more about the program, click here.

Recipients of this year’s Idaho BetterBricks Awards will be recognized during an Oct. 20 event in Boise at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. The event is sponsored by Idaho Power, Association of Idaho Cities and Idaho Business Review.

Robert Hull, founding partner of Seattle-based Miller Hull Partnership, is slated as this year’s keynote speaker. Miller Hull is an architecture firm specializing in sustainable design and socially responsible public architecture. The firm was the recipient of the 2003 American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award.

For more information about the awards event, contact Therese Lang, therese@coateskokes.com or 1-503-241-1124.

Nominations are sought in these five specific categories:

Architect – Those who design buildings and lead the design team through an integrated design process on projects that consistently achieve high levels of energy efficiency in both new construction and major renovations.

Design Engineer – Those who have contributed significant solutions to the energy-efficient design of mechanical and/or electrical systems for new buildings and major renovations.

Advocate – Those who advocate for and support the design and operation of high-performance buildings, including consultants, government, nonprofit, educators and others.

Owner/Developer – Those who make decisions about strategic direction regarding investments in high-performance buildings. These executives, developers, owners and managers support, authorize and generally enable high-performance buildings to be built and operated.

Facility Manager/Operator – Open to a team or an individual who operates and manages the facilities of a building, including facility directors, managers and building operators. They would ensure that the building is operating as energy-efficient as possible.

BetterBricks is the commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, which is supported by Northwest electric utilities. Through the BetterBricks initiative, NEEA advocates for changes to energy-related business practices in Northwest buildings.



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