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Fifth Annual Portland 2030 Challenge Design Award Winners Announced

18 November 2014 | Posted By Natalie 1,464 views No Comment

By Joshua Hatch of Brightworks Sustainability, AIA COTE 2030 Awards Chair

Architecture 2030, in collaboration with AIA Portland and their Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the BetterBricks program of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, recently presented the annual 2030 Challenge Design Awards in recognition of design excellence towards meeting the 2030 Challenge reduction targets.

It has been seven interesting and challenging years since Ed Mazria formed Architecture 2030 and launched the provocative 2030 Challenge. The building profession discovered that building design not only has a significant impact on climate change emissions, but also provides a unique opportunity for climate protection as we create, re-create, and replace our building infrastructure. AIA Portland leads the nation, as the first and still only chapter to have integrated 2030 Challenge benchmarking into their Design Awards every year.

The submittals this year were particularly impressive—including four net zero projects, eight better than 70% reduction, seventeen that met the 2030 Challenge with at least a 60% reduction. However, overall, the projects as a group achieved only a 43% reduction.  In order to limit greenhouse gas emissions and protect our climate, all projects need to meet the 2030 Challenge targets. And in 2015, the threshold for compliance will increase to 70%.

There is a clear need for creativity, enthusiasm, and inspiration for buildings that achieve net-zero energy, incorporating natural ventilation, high performance envelopes, high efficiency mechanical & electrical systems, and on-site renewable energy. Designers have a responsibility as a profession to push high performance in their design work and with your clients.

In cooperation with 2030 Challenge, BetterBricks and AIA Portland COTE, the selection committee decided to give out four “excellence” awards this year – one each for the sectors of single family residential, multifamily residential, office, and institutional. Each award winner will receive a certificate from Architecture 2030 signed by Ed Mazria.

And the winners are:

EXCELLENCE Single Family Residential
Ash + Ash
Hennebery Eddy Architects

Designed with energy efficiency and high performance in mind, Ash + Ash has a trim EUI of only 12.2 before 10kW on-site solar brings the energy use to net zero. This project is a testament to how design and high performance can go hand-in-hand. The high glazing ratio in our mild climate can still get to Net Zero with triple-pane windows, geothermal heat pump & radiant floors, heat recovery ventilation, LED lighting, and exterior blinds. The project also achieved LEED Platinum and has rainwater recovery.


EXCELLENCE – Multifamily Residential
Kiln Apartments
GBD Architects

The concept is a little tiny ember in a thermos. A research and design effort to develop the most efficient market-rate housing possible, the team sought inspiration and guidance from the German Passive House standard and focused on a super high performance envelope. The resulting EUI of 18.7 is impressive and after solar drops to 13.7. This project blows against the wind in a hurricane of new multifamily apartments in Portland, few of which can even get below EUI of 30.


EXCELLENCE – Institutional
Central Oregon Community College Health Careers Centers
YGH Architecture

What impressed us about this project was their achievement of a low EUI for a complex educational program that includes laboratory spaces—and that their energy use was backed by actual energy bills not just predicted results. The project did a great job with passive design in establishing an east-west orientation and used exterior shades, both vertical and horizontal, to control unwanted heat gain while letting in free heat during the winter. The project also achieved Earth Advantage Gold during their pilot phase.


Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal Building
SERA Architects

A well-known and respected project locally and once controversial building nationally, we really appreciated the thoughtfulness in blending high performance and design. Renovating a large building, the team incorporated impactful features such as carefully balanced and selected exterior shading tuned for each façade, deep mechanical and electrical retrofits, and solar energy to achieve an impressive EUI of only 31.5 for a renovation of an office building of this size.

The Architecture 2030 post can be found here.

AIA Portland Design Awards

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