Top Ten Measure 1: Sustainable Design Intent & Innovation

Sustainable design is an inherent aspect of design excellence. Projects should express sustainable design concepts and intentions, and take advantage of innovative programming opportunities.

  • Key environmental issues; how and why they became important priorities
  • Key ecological goals and concepts for your project and how they shaped your thinking (not a list of sustainable design measures)
  • How these goals and concepts were expressed in the design
  • Sustainable design innovations
  • How sustainability measures led to a better overall project design
  • Process of program analysis and any resource efficiencies realized by innovative programming
  • Efforts to "right size" the project and to reduce unnecessary square footage

Our thanks to the ENERGY STAR program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to the U.S. Department of Energy, and to BuildingGreen, Inc. for hosting the submission and judging forms.

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