Congratulations to our San Luis Obispo teams for their excellent hard work and success in entering the USGBC design competition for a small, affordable, green home for New Orleans. This was a tremendous challenge offering a significant learning opportunity for architecture, landscape architecture, structural engineering, and construction management in design development.
Following are the official USGBC NTDC entries. There are 8 integrated project delivery (IPD) studio teams plus one EGB student club and one (1) young professional entry.
The California Central Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-C4) showcased the local entries for this year’s Natural Design Talent Competition at the First Thursday's Event on July 1st at the Santa Barbara Contractors Association Green Building Resource Center in downtown Santa Barbara.
The competitorsundefinedeight teams of local students and young professionalsundefinedwere required to design an affordable, green, energy efficient home that meets LEED-Platinum certification, can accommodate the elderly and handicapped, and can withstand hurricane winds and flood levels up to seven feet. The competition is part of the effort to rebuild the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans. USGBC and the Salvation Army have partnered in this year’s competition to fund and build four of the winning designs.
The participants include student design teams from the Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Integrated Project Delivery Studio taught by Professors Margot McDonald (Architecture), James Mwangi (Architectural Engineering), Greg Starzyk (Construction Management), and Gary Clay, (Landscape Architecture). Other entries include another student Cal Poly design team, a student design team from Cuesta College and one design team competing in the young professional category.
The 2 local winning designs are "Design Empathy" for the student division and "Broadmoor Bungalow" for the young professionals division. The winners were selected in June and move on to the national competition. The final four winning designs of the national competition will be announced and showcased in November at the USGBC’s international Greenbuild conference in Chicago, the largest green building conference in the U.S.
In addition to seeing their designs become reality, the four winning teams will monitor how their design performs during the first year of occupancy with the grand prize to be awarded to the design that has the best overall building performance.
For more information on the competition and to see all submitted designs to local competitions across the U.S., you may visit the Open Architecture website for continual updates:http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions/naturaltalent/2010
Have a look at our outstanding entries!
Natural Talent Design Competition - Final Submissions
Containing Green - LEEDing EDGE
Living_UP Broadmoor - PLACE Partnership
Creating Home - Studio 303
Dynamic Transparency - ReLeaf
Floodproof (formerly Freefloaters)
Design Empathy (formerly Gabby Gator and the Bayou Boys)
Life on the Bayou (formerly Gang Green)
EGB/Cal Poly - Greg Amon, PJ Garahan et al
Young Professionals category (Kirsten Adair et al)