Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) and BASF present the Greg Franta Memorial Award to Harry Gordon, FAIA

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BASF and the Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC) jointly presented the Greg Franta Memorial Award to Harry T. Gordon, FAIA during the Beyond Green™ High Performance Building Award ceremony that took place on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on February 24, 2011.

BASF and the Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC) jointly presented the Greg Franta Memorial Award to Harry T. Gordon, FAIA during the Beyond Green™ High Performance Building Award ceremony that took place on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on February 24, 2011. The award recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in the area of high-performance sustainable design and construction and is named for the late Greg Franta, FAIA, who was a national green building thought leader.

An architect and pioneer of green building, Greg Franta served as SBIC board member, instructor, director and chairman. He was chief architect at the Rocky Mountain Institute and worked with the Clinton administration to make the White House more energy-efficient. A mentor to many in his field, Franta made a significant contribution to sustainable architecture.

Harry Gordon, an architect for more than 37 years, is recognized nationally for his achievements and expertise in sustainable building design. As a founding member of both the National AIA Committee on the Environment and the US Green Building Council, Gordon’s lifetime achievements in both sustainable design and green building education are the basis for this recognition.

“I’m humbled to have been selected to receive this honor,” said Gordon. “Greg was a leader, visionary and inspiration to me and many others in the sustainable design field. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and work beside him.”

“BASF is proud to join SBIC to support this award,” said Jack Armstrong, Leader of Construction Markets in North America and SBIC Board Director. “Greg Franta was an influential leader in sustainable building and was a guiding force at SBIC. It is wonderful to celebrate his legacy by recognizing another individual who values, practices and promotes sustainable design.”

The Beyond Green™ Awards program is a key part of SBIC's commitment to the design, construction and maintenance of high-performance buildings through education, outreach, and advocacy.

In two and a half decades, the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council has established and maintained successful partnerships with government agencies, companies, and a wide variety of organizations whose work relates to the built environment. SBIC is an independent, non profit association of architects, engineers, product manufacturers and professional building associations. Members and partners share the common goal of delivering buildings that provide long-term value and performance, reduce operating costs, keep occupants safe, comfortable and healthy and protect the natural environment.

To learn more about sustainable construction visit http://www.construction.basf.us.

BASF – The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 16,400 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.7 billion in 2010. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit http://www.basf.us.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, and agricultural products to oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF creates chemistry to help 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 posted sales of more than €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com or in the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.basf.com.

Beyond Green™ is a registered trademark of SBIC

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