And the BrickStainable Winners Are…

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Potomac Valley Brick awards two grand prize winners and five honorable mentions in its second sustainable design competition.

The complete entries and ticket information for the Awards Ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 31st can be found at

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Potomac Valley Brick will award a $10,000 grand prize in the Integrated Building Design Category to Jamillah Muhammad and her team at Perkowitz & Ruth in Virginia (USA). It will also award a $7,500 grand prize in the Technical Design category to Kelly Winn and his team at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York (USA).

The teams will be honored at the BrickStainable Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC on March 31st. Muhammad’s winning team includes Ronald Moore, Dindo Mabana, Tou Boran Pek, Kathleen Stover and Boryana Fileva. Winn worked with Associate Professor Jason Vollen and other members at CASE.

The Integrated Building Design category sought solutions that exploit the thermal qualities of masonry construction in an urban building. Muhammad describes her entry, Net Zero in Baltimore, as “sited to maintain the urban fabric of the streets and sidewalks to the North and East, maintaining pedestrian connections to the boardwalk and water taxi to the Northwest. The hardscape is made from recycled brick and is 100% permeable, with pathways that display some of the indigenous bio-fuels that Mass Energy is developing.”

The Technical Design category called for entrants to design a single application utilizing brick to enhance its sustainable properties. Winn notes his entry, EcoCeramic Masonry System, “uses composite fibers and resins as an integral tensile layer replacing steel and mortar, increasing tensile strength and flexural ability.”

There were three honorable mention winners in the Integrated Building Design category:

  • Heather Midori Santos and Jillian Christina Schroettinger, students at Cal Poly Pomona in California (USA) for MassEnergy Science Center
  • Shane Valentine, a student at University of Texas San Antonio, Texas (USA) for Cultivating Energy
  • Robert Kane, a student in San Casciano (Italy) for BRICK BRICK BRICK BRICK

There were two honorable mentions in the Technical Design category:

  • Kelly Winn, Jason Vollen and Ted Ngai, of CASE New York (USA) for Climate Camouflage
  • Rizal Muslimin, a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Massachusetts (USA) for BrickBead

Each honorable mention will be awarded $2,000 per entry.

“This year’s winners personify the essence of this competition with their creative ideas for increasing building sustainability using brick,” says Alan Richardson, Potomac Valley Brick President and creator of BrickStainable.

BrickStainable received entries from over 60 countries this year. Held in pursuit of design solutions that exploit the unique properties of clay masonry construction, the Competition seeks new ideas in the development of this age old building material. The complete entries and ticket information for the Awards Ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 31st can be found at .

About BrickStainable
BrickStainable is a design competition seeking integrative design solutions that promote the use of clay brick to achieve sustainability goals. The competition explores the potential of brick construction in the creation of energy efficient building and challenges designers to maximize the physical characteristics of brick. The competition was created by Potomac Valley Brick in 2009. It is sponsored by Belden, Boral, Carolina Ceramics, Cloud Ceramics, Endicott Clay, Essroc Italcementi Group, Genco Masonry, Hanson, Hohmann and Barnard, Hanson, Hyload, Integrated Environmental Solutions, KaRon Masonry, Lehigh-Heidelberg Cement Group, Mason Contractors Association of America, Masonry Institute of Maryland, Merritt Construction Services, Mortar Net, Owens-Corning, Pavestone, Palmetto Brick Company, Redland Brick, Riverside Brick, Triangle Brick, United Masonry, Wells & Associates, and York Building Products. More information is available at and on Twitter @pvbrick.

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