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Call for Entries for the
2004 Colorado Renewable Energy in Buildings Awards

Award Application Form (PDF) | Award Flyer (PDF)
Completed entries must be postmarked by May 14, 2004 and mailed to:

Colorado Renewable Energy Society
P.O. Box 933
Golden, CO 80402

The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is pleased to call for entries for the Colorado 2004 Renewable Energy in Buildings Awards. Each year CRES recognizes teams of designers, contractors and builders for their innovation in including renewable energy in Colorado buildings through these awards. Renewable energy technologies may include passive solar, photovoltaics, solar thermal water or space heating, wind power, geothermal heating and cooling, daylighting, natural ventilation and other strategies.

NCRES will recognize one team in the category of commercial and institutional buildings and two teams in the category of residential buildings.

Award Description

NCRES 2004 President Dave Bowden will announce the winners at the CRES 2004 Conference on June 26 at Denver University. Each winner will receive an award plaque and a certificate for up to five individuals or companies associated with the project.

The winners will also receive the following publicity and announcements about the award:

  • Media releases about the award winners will be distributed to major state media, building trade media and local media covering the location of the winning buildings.
     
  • An article featuring the award winners will be published in the CRES newsletter, distributed to 600 CRES members.
     
  • The award winners will be announced in Solar Today magazine.
     
  • Photos of and information about the award winners will be featured on the CRES web site and the http://ColoradoEnergy.org web site.

Requirements for Entries
Each award entry should contain the following elements.

Renewable Energy Features
The project must incorporate two or more renewable energy design strategies or technologies. These may include passive solar, photovoltaics, solar thermal water or space heating, wind power, geothermal heating and cooling, daylighting, natural ventilation or others.

Award Categories
Awards will be presented in the categories of commercial buildings, institutional buildings, and up to four residential categories― general, off-grid, affordable, and remodeling. Please see attachment for definition of affordable housing. Multi-family housing can fall into either the general housing or affordable housing category.

Date of Completion
The building must be no more than three years old and substantially complete by the date of application. All renewable energy features must be installed or purchased at the date of application.

Location
The building must be located in the State of Colorado.

Judging Criteria for Commercial and Institutional Buildings

Use of Renewable Energy
What renewable energy technologies or strategies does the building incorporate?

Energy efficient design 25 points
Use of daylighting strategies 15 points
Use of photovoltaics (PV) 10 points
Use of design techniques or materials for solar control 10 points
Use of solar water heating 10 points
Orientation of the building for solar access or control 5 points

Environmental Impact
What impact do the renewable energy and energy efficiency features of the building have on the environment. For example, please estimate how much non-renewable energy is replaces, how much CO2 is displaced, or quantify the improvement in indoor air quality.

Develop and utilize a commissioning plan 10 points
Use high efficiency HVAC equipment and lighting 10 points
Reduction of embodied energy 5 points
Improvement of indoor air quality 5 points
Minimize site impact 5 points
Waste management during and after construction 5 points

Aesthetics
How have the renewable energy features been integrated into the building and the natural environment?

Integration of renewable energy strategies or technologies into the building in an aesthetic manner 10 points

Public Awareness
How does the building help raise public awareness for renewable energy? (e.g. was it open to the public? Is it in a publicly accessible location?)

The building serves to increase public awareness about renewable energy 5 points

Replicability
How does the building serve as an example for other builder or architects? In other words, can any of the strategies be widely adopted? What can builders or architects learn from the building to apply to their own buildings?

The building serves as an example for other Colorado builders and architects who want to incorporate renewable energy into their buildings 5 points

Judging Criteria for Residential Buildings

Use of Renewable Energy
What renewable energy technologies or strategies does the building incorporate?

Energy efficient design 25 points
Use of passive solar strategies 20 points
Use of photovoltaics (PV) 10 points
Use of solar water heating 10 points

Environmental Impact
What impact do the renewable energy and energy efficiency features of the building have on the environment. For example, please estimate how much non-renewable energy is replaces, how much CO2 is displaced, or quantify the improvement in indoor air quality.

Resource efficiency 5 points
Reduction of embodied energy and use of recycled materials 5 points
Improvement of indoor air quality 5 points
Minimize site impact 5 points
Waste management during construction and after 5 points

Aesthetics
How have the renewable energy features been integrated into the building and the natural environment?

Integration of renewable energy strategies or technologies into the building in an aesthetic manner 10 points

Public Awareness
How does the building help raise public awareness for renewable energy? (e.g. was it open to the public? Is it in a publicly accessible location?)

The building serves to increase public awareness about renewable energy 5 points

Replicability
How does the building serve as an example for other builder or architects? In other words, can any of the strategies be widely adopted? What can builders or architects learn from the building to apply to their own buildings?)

The building serves as an example for other Colorado builders and architects who want to incorporate renewable energy into their buildings 5 points

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