1.09 aiaVT Newsletter

aiaVT 2008 design awards

AIA Vermont members and/or architects registered and residing in Vermont were eligible to submit entries.  Projects could be located anywhere in the world...  More...

2009 Better Buildings By Design conference topics preview

Efficiency Vermont has released the below preview of its 2009 Better Buildings By Design Conference workshop topics.  More...

Gypsum association unveils 'sustainability' website

The Gypsum Association of Hyattsville, Md., (www.gypsum.org) has developed a new website that describes the sustainable characteristics of gypsum-based building materials and conveys the commitment of its members to environmentally responsible recycling, waste management and land reclamation programs.  More...

aiaVT 2008 design awards

AIA Vermont members and/or architects registered and residing in Vermont were eligible to submit entries.  Projects could be located anywhere in the world and must have been substantially completed since January 1, 2002, except as indicated otherwise for specific categories.  Multiple entries were accepted, and all materials included in project submissions were cleared for public reproduction.

The Jury considered projects for awards in the following categories. A project could receive an award in a maximum of only one category.
1.    Older Public Project: For a built public project completed 25 or more years ago.
2.    Recent Public Project: For a built public project completed less than 25 years ago.
3.    Sustainability: For a built public or private design that exemplifies sustainability in a highly effective blend of aesthetics, function, and durability.
4.    Historic Renovation/Preservation: For a built or unbuilt design that represents an exceptionally sensitive and creative approach to historic renovation/preservation.
5.    Small Project: For a built design of less than 1,000 sq. ft. in area or less than $100,000 in construction cost.

Jurors considered the essential virtues of each submitted project and entries were judged individually, regardless of type.  The Jury consisted of members of The Boston Society of Architects and included Dennis Carlberg, AIA, Michael Davis, AIA and Jinlee Park, AIA.  All the Design Award Winners and other entries will be on display through out Vermont during 2009.

Bread Loaf Corporation of Middlebury won an Honor Award in the Recent Public Project Category for the Ferrisburgh Grange Hall.  The Jury thought that this “was a fabulous project and a great story.  There is great appreciation of local craft and materials.  This is as much a community building as it is architecture.  Perhaps timeless beauty is the most sustainable element of all.”

Pill-Maharam Architects of Shelburne received an Honor Award in the House/Sustainable Category for a Private Residence in Charlotte. The Jury thought that this project was “a sustainable design without compromising beauty.  There is a good connection to the landscape and this is a house- nothing mannerist or apologetic about it.”

Watershed Studio Architecture of White River Junction won an Honor Award in the Small Project Category for the Edge Ledge House –a Private Residence in Norwich.  The Jury commented that this project “turns the house inside out, because it so small, much of the program had to be moved outside.  There is just a richness and subtlety to the connection to the landscape.”

Black River Design of Montpelier was given an Honorable Mention in the Recent Public Project Category for the Forestry Building in Hardwick.  The Jury appreciated the “site design – a minimally invasive position.  There is very good detailing which is well integrated.”

Gossens Bachman Architects of Montpelier won an Honorable Mention in the Historic Preservation Category for the Bemis Block Restoration and Renovation in Hardwick.  The Jury thought that this project was “warm and welcoming from the street.  There is great transparency which is a neat trick with an historic building.

Banwell Architects of Lebanon, NH was given a Citation Award in the Historic Preservation/Restoration Category for the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH.  The Jury thought that this project “really thought through the issues of sustainability and how to integrate it into the existing fabric.  There are wonderful spaces and the architectural moves blend old and new without being cloy or superficial.

The Fifty-Year Award was given to Freeman-French-Freeman of Burlington for the St. Mark’s Church in Burlington.  The Jury thought that “the light reinforces the hierarchy of space and ritual.  There is appreciation of a spare but complete sculptural program.  A recognition that after 50 years, the design is still meaningful.  This is a timeless building.”

2009 Better Buildings By Design conference topics preview

Efficiency Vermont has released the below preview of its 2009 Better Buildings By Design Conference workshop topics. These are just a dozen of the 30+ interactive sessions on innovations/high performance, building envelope, lighting, and mechanical systems that will be presented on February 11th and 12th at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington. This premiere conference on design and construction durability, efficiency, and value is expected to draw 1,000+ attendees.

In addition to workshops, the conference will feature more than 45 exhibits and demonstrations of cutting-edge, energy-efficient products and services that are being utilized in the design and construction of today’s high-performance homes and commercial buildings. Throughout the conference, displays of the year’s award-winning Vermont residential and commercial building designs will be on view. Also featured will be an evening reception, which will offer attendees the opportunity to connect with other design and construction professionals in a casual atmosphere. This event will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and more. All are welcome at the reception, free of entry charge, including those unable to attend the conference.
Planned topics to be presented at the 2009 Better Buildings By Design Conference include:

•    Innovations and Emerging Technologies
•    Achieving Net Zero
•    Integrated Renewable Fuel Heating Systems
•    Modeling Software for Smart Design
•    Building Smaller, Building Better: Getting to Net Zero Ready by Design
•    Behind the Scenes: Roofs and Attics
•    LEDs: New Products, New Rebates
•    Evaluating New Residential Lighting Technologies
•    A New Day for Outdoor Lighting
•    Controls in Commissioning Green Buildings
•    Sound HVAC Choices for Sustainable Design
•    Alternative Systems & Approaches for Low Heat-Load Homes

Registration discounts are available to groups of four or more. Special pricing is available for lodging accommodations at the Sheraton Burlington. For more information, visit www.efficiencyvermont.com/conference or call 877-248-9900.

Gypsum association unveils 'sustainability' website

The Gypsum Association of Hyattsville, Md., (www.gypsum.org) has developed a new website that describes the sustainable characteristics of gypsum-based building materials and conveys the commitment of its members to environmentally responsible recycling, waste management and land reclamation programs.

The nine-section site, entitled “Gypsum and Sustainability,” offers a brief history of the use of gypsum products dating back to ancient Egypt, describes the chemical composition of natural gypsum ore and discusses the introduction of “synthetic” gypsum as a by- product of the desulfurization of flue gasses in fossil-fueled power plants.

In addition to its use in the manufacture of gypsum panels and building plasters, gypsum has proven to be helpful to humans, animals, plant life and the environment. Six of these applications are identified in the site.

A “Building Green with Gypsum” section addresses “green” building credits awarded for achieving specific compliance targets during the planning, design, build-out, and commissioning stages of a residential or commercial construction or renovation project. The section specifically discusses green building credits awarded for:

  • Gypsum products that feature recycled content
  • Gypsum production facilities that are located in close proximity to job sites
  • Use of transportation other than trucking for shipping gypsum products
  • Life Cycle Assessment cost analyses which show that gypsum building systems compare favorably to other building systems
  • Construction waste diversion and on-site waste disposal of gypsum based materials
  • Gypsum-based building components manufactured at new, energy-efficient gypsum board manufacturing plants

Finally, the gypsum “sustainability” website lists reasons why gypsum panels and products are environmentally preferable to other building materials, along with national organizations that have cited gypsum manufacturing facilities in North America for their environmental consciousness and safety programs.

For the complete gypsum sustainability story, visit the “Gypsum and Sustainability” website at www.gypsumsustainability.org.

Announcement - A charette for everyone

Sustainable Design Charette  Saturday, February 21st
9:00am to 5:00pm
“Idea and Invention”
Architects, Builders, Interior Designers, Alternative Energy entrepreneurs and interested lay-people will be invited to attend a day-long brainstorming workshop where any and all ideas are welcomed, entertained, hashed out, sketched out, refined, axed, etc.
Two brief presentations by featured artists, David Sellers and Kevin and Jon Racek on their exhibited sustainable projects.
Delicious, locally grown meal will be served.
5:00pm. Public and Media reception and viewing of sketches, models, plans, etc.
Sharpen your pencils!

If you have further questions you may contact the director at the art center Nathan Suter.  His info:

Nathan Suter
Executive Director
Helen Day Art Center
School Street
PO Box 411
Stowe, VT 05672
www.helenday.com <http://www.helenday.com>
802.253.2703 (fax)

News Item - AIA codes and standards committee supports sprinkler appeal

AIA The Angle
VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 26 | December 18, 2008      

Following the September decision by the International Code Council (ICC) to require fire suppression in all one- and two-family dwellings in its 2009 edition of the One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) filed an appeal challenging the decision. The AIA Codes and Standards Committee issued a letter to the ICC Board of Directors in support of the appeal, citing several concerns and suggesting changes involving ethical standards for members of ICC and ICC chapters.

The challenge by NAHB is based on several perceived violations of ICC Policy. Along with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the AIA added its voice of concern about the perception that votes were being bought by industry interests. This perception follows a trend by some special interests to place pressure on code officials to cast the vote for their communities in a certain way. Economic constraints on funding of travel from state and local jurisdictions have also added to the problem of low attendance at hearings and greater interest in gaining funding from outside sources.

The AIA has historically supported the "governmental consensus process" espoused by ICC because of the independence afforded the persons making the decision from any fiduciary interests in the decision, according to David Collins, FAIA, the AIA codes consultant. “Erosion of such independence will cause less assurance on an impartial set of codes,” he says.

For further information regarding the appeal or the process for code development, contact David Collins.

News - Bush administration set to enforce new ADA guidelines

AIA The Angle
VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 25 | December 4, 2008

On December 3, the White House gave the green light for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement new guidelines for the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) that were developed and announced by the U.S. Access Board in 2004. The next step would be for the Justice Deparrtment to issue a final rule making the new guidelines enforceable. Although there is no clear certainty of when the final rules will go into place, the AIA has learned that the rules may be "fast tracked" and put in place prior to January 20, when President Bush leaves office. For further information on accessible standards and the application of them contact Andrew Goldberg, Assoc. AIA, or David Collins, FAIA.

News item - aiaVT welcomes...

The Vermont chapter of the American Institute of Architects wishes to welcome our newest members:  Gregory Boshart, Assoc. AIA, Manchester Center; Thomas Fox, AIA, Fairfax; Andrew Leach, P.A., Jericho and Kimberly Wilson, AIA, Williston.

Announcement - An open letter regarding ACE mentoring

I am writing to see if you  or have someone in your office is interested in getting involved in ACE (architecture, construction, engineering) that is getting started in the Burlington area.  The program was created to pair a group of high school students with a group of professionals .  Through doing a design project, the students learn about the different careers, what is involved with each one, and hopefully become excited enough to pursue these careers in college (or if they're young enough, the program offered at Burlington Technical Center).  They also gain skills in problem solving, critical thinking, presenting, and working together as a group.  Another major draw is the availability of national scholarships to pursue these programs after high school.

We would like to start a program  at BHS after school.  We would meet as much as every other week for 2 hours, with a group of 10 students.  We currently have at least two mentors and we are planning on having at least 4 mentors by then.  The program would start in January and run through May with 6 to 10 meetings this first year.  We would then plan to do another program next year.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Please call me if you have questions You can see more on the website.

Bob Neeld
Engineering Ventures

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