Green-building award nominations sought

BOULDER – The nonprofit Colorado Green Building Guild is accepting nominations for its second annual Boulder Valley Green Building Awards.

The selection committee will recognize interesting, dynamic entries worthy of recognition for enlightenment, creativity and leadership, and will not be tied to rigorous data requirements.

Finalists will be announced in May, and winners will be announced June 12 at the Boulder County Business Report’s annual Boulder Earth Conference, formerly called the Green Summit.

Nominations may be submitted online at Nomination deadline is April 22.

Categories are:

Green Adaptive Reuse of Existing Building
This is the adaptation of an existing building to another use, such as eTown’s transformation of an old stone church into corporate offices, a recording studio and performance venue or Ocean First Divers’ reconfiguration of an auto mechanics facility into a training/outfitting dive center.

Green Educational Facility
This is the best new green building or retrofit of an educational facility such as Casey Middle School or Columbine Elementary School, or a multiuse educational venue such as the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Center for Community student activities center.

Green Health-Care Facility
This is the best green, sustainable and energy efficient facility dedicated to human or animal health care such as, Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, or Aspen Meadows Veterinary Specialists.

Green Multi-Residential Building
This is an apartment building, dorm, a communal living venue incorporating green building initiatives, such as, Imagine!’s Smart Home, or CU’s Williams Village North.

Green Cutting-Edge
This is the best new building or retrofit, incorporating cutting-edge technologies that advance green sustainable building practices such as Synergistic Building Technologies’ innovative greenhouse designs or Ocean First Divers’ thermal recycling of waste heat.

Green Improvement on a Commercial Building
This is the best green retrofit or major remodel of an existing commercial building incorporating sustainable or energy-efficient techniques and technologies, such as Eco-Products, The Geological Society of America or Ocean First Divers.

Green Residential
This encompasses outstanding new green homes, sustainable remodels or energy-efficient retrofits of existing homes.

Green Improvement of a Historic or Old Building
This is the best retrofit or major remodel of an aging building revitalized into a thriving new facility such as Main Street Mat Co., Chautauqua’s cabin renovations or the Gold Miner Hotel.

Green Hospitality Facility
This is a hotel, retreat, or resort that is a new or retrofitted facility utilizing green, sustainable building improvements, or new energy-efficient technologies, such as, Peaceful Meadows Retreat or the Gold Miner Hotel.

The selection committee includes:
Henry Mueller, principal, Henry Mueller Design;
Joseph Vigil, president, North Colorado Chapter, American Institute of Architects;
Ellen Franconi, senior consultant, Built Environment Team, Rocky Mountain Institute;
Trent Yang, director, CU Cleantech, University of Colorado-Boulder;
Tasha Halevi, project manager, Architectural Energy Corp.;
Brad Queen, energy division manager, Center for Resource Conservation;
Jonathan Koehn, regional sustainability coordinator, city of Boulder;
Dan Powers, community relations coordinator, Western Disposal Services Inc.;
and Rois Langner, mechanical engineer, Rois Commercial Buildings Research Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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