Lakeland, FL, March 04, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- On Monday, Rep. Dennis Ross congratulated both the architects and the owners on their recent award. "Sustainable, net zero construction is vital to our long term economic and ecological future,” states Ross. “I congratulate all involved in the project for their commitment to the health, success, and financial future of the citizens of Central Florida. During these times of energy volatility, I hope this project, and those like it, become the standard for our communities and put us on a path to energy freedom."
The SBIC presented nine national awards for outstanding high-performance buildings, and one award for outstanding high-performance building initiative. “Once again, the range and quality of submissions we examined was truly impressive,” noted Gregg Ander, FAIA, jury Chair and Chief Architect for Southern California Edison. “It’s equally impressive to see this level of activity in spite of our difficult economic conditions. Clearly, the value that these advanced design buildings provide is recognized by building owners and occupants.”
“The jury was thoroughly impressed with the Magnify Credit Union,” noted Bud DeFlaviis, Executive Director of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council. “Through the combination of a thoughtful design, and a forward-thinking partner, Straughn Trout was able to merge the old with the new and create a project that should serve as an example for other communities to follow.”
“The project has become a successful flagship branch for the client and a milestone project for our firm and our community,” stated Jerry Trout, principal of Straughn Trout. Tim Hoeft, who leads Straughn Trout’s sustainable design initiatives, also noted “We hope that the project’s national recognition will inspire others to incorporate similar strategies that make both environmental and financial sense.”
Recognized winners were invited to Washington to share their projects with two distinct audiences – both having an interest and ability to help the nation achieve better building performance. The first event was held on Capitol Hill in partnership with the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC). The second event was held at the Catholic University of America’s (CUA) School of Architecture. “This awards program provides our students with a tremendous opportunity to learn first-hand, from some of today’s leading building practitioners, how to successfully design and construct high-performance buildings,” said Chris Grech, director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program at CUA.
The Beyond GreenTM Awards are part of an educational outreach program for policymakers, building trade professionals and the general public. Recognized projects will be featured on SBIC's web site, described as case studies on the Whole Building Design Guide website, and integrated into SBIC educational programs.
The 4,151 sq. ft. branch credit union also received two “Building of the Year” awards from local U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) regional chapters. The Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC includes sixteen counties extending along the west coast from Crystal River to Fort Meyers. The Central Florida Chapter of the USGBC includes eight counties centered on Orlando. The building is the only building in Polk County to achieve a USGBC LEED Gold certification. It is also designed as the first “Net Zero” energy commercial building in the state, which means that the on-site renewable energy systems will produce more electricity than the building will use annually.
Contact: Tim Hoeft, LEED AP Straughn Trout Architects, LLC (863) 665-6205 email@example.com