2008 SBIC Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Award Winners Announced on Capitol Hill; As SBIC Board Member, BASF Lends Support to Stimulate High-Performance Construction

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The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) presented the 2008 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards on Feb. 26, 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The award recipients were honored as part of a Congressional briefing intended to recognize outstanding initiatives and real-world applications that shape, inform, and catalyze the market for high-performance buildings.

We share a common goal to promote better performance for the buildings in which we live and work

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) presented the 2008 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards on Feb. 26, 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The award recipients were honored as part of a Congressional briefing intended to recognize outstanding initiatives and real-world applications that shape, inform, and catalyze the market for high-performance buildings.

"Our intention is to sensitize government, industry professionals and the public to the benefits of high-performance buildings by showcasing actual examples of these buildings from across the country," said Sophia Greenbaum, SBIC Executive Director. "To that end, we are presenting our 2008 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards, and explaining why these projects exemplify best-in-class for high-performance construction practices and initiatives nationally."

The awards program took place in conjunction with the High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress and the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCC), a public sector advocacy group organized to provide guidance and support to the Congressional caucus.

Following comments by Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Jack Armstrong, Leader Construction Markets - North America for BASF, served as master of ceremonies and presented the awards to the winners. BASF, a Platinum sponsor for the awards program, partnered with SBIC.

"We share a common goal to promote better performance for the buildings in which we live and work," said Armstrong. "As market leaders in durable, energy-efficient building solutions and products, supporting organizations that stimulate high-performance construction is central to the BASF business strategy."

Awards were given in two categories: High-Performance Buildings (Category A) and High-Performance Initiatives (Category B). Applicants were challenged to demonstrate the successful application and proper balance of eight design objectives (accessible, aesthetic, cost-effective, functional, historic, productive, safe/secure and sustainable) that make up a high-performance building as defined in the Whole Building Design Guide, as well as in recent federal legislation mandating high-performance buildings.

The program highlighted three winning case studies:
First Place Category A: High-Performance Buildings: Nationals Park ballpark in Washington, D.C., presented by Joe Spear, FAIA, and Susan Klumpp, AIA, LEED AP, HOK Sport and HOK
First Place Category B: High-Performance Initiatives: High Performing Buildings (a publication), presented by Fred Turner and Ryan Colker, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Award Winner, Category A: California Public Employees' Retirement System Headquarters Complex, Sacramento, California presented by Anthony Markese, AIA, Pickard Chilton

All 14 winning submissions are currently featured on SBIC's website, described in depth as case studies in the Whole Building Design Guide, and integrated into SBIC educational programs.

The 2008 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards Jury
The 2008 jury was comprised of industry members whose commitment to excellence is longstanding and well documented. The jury included Mr. Gregg Ander, FAIA, Ms. Marianne Cusato, Mr. Kevin Kampschroer, Dr. Get Moy, Ms. Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA, RAS, and Mr. Mack Scogin. The program was chaired by SBIC member Mr. Christopher Fennell.
To learn more about BASF's sustainable construction solutions, please visit http://www.basf.com/construction, http://www.highperformancecommunity.com, or http://www.betterhomebetterplanet.com.

BASF - The Chemical Company. We don't make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better.®

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit http://www.basf.com/usa.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals, as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com.

About SBIC: The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council is an independent, nonprofit organization and a pioneer advocate of the whole building approach to sustainable facilities. SBIC was founded in 1980 as the Passive Solar Industries Council by the major building trade groups, large corporations, small businesses, and individual practitioners who recognized that energy and resource efficient design and construction are imperative to a sustainable built environment. Today, SBIC members view energy use and sustainability within a larger context of benefits related to productivity and overall efficiency, health and safety, serviceability, and other performance factors. These ideas are reflected in the Whole Building Design Guide (http://www.wbdg.org), and in recent federal legislation mandating high-performance buildings.

Beyond Green is a registered trademark of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

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