Leadership in Green Building Awards honors individuals, firms, organizations or projects that lead by example, or have helped transform markets by providing information or education that establishes the value of green building.
Leadership in Green Building Individual Award goes to Todd Usher. In 2002, his company Addison Homes became the only company in South Carolina to build 100% of its homes to third-party verified environmental standards: Energy Star, EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes, National Green Building Standard and, most recently, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home. As the first builder in the U.S. to earn the National Association of Home Builder’s Master Certified Green Professional designation, Todd freely shares his expertise with the building industry. He is a Director of the National Association of Home Builders and Education Chairman of the South Carolina Home Builders Association. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Clemson University’s Department of Construction Science and Management, where he encourages the next generation of builders to pursue green building. Addison Homes is also part of the Best Practices Research Alliance, a collaborative effort to foster innovation in high-performance construction and smart energy homes. Todd also shares information about the benefits of green building with the public—both at events and through publications as well as his outreach to the Greenville area Habitat for Humanity. The Addison Homes/Greenville Habitat partnership is one of nine successful examples highlighted in “High Performance Home Building Guide for Habitat for Humanity Affiliates,” a publication designed by the Federation of American Scientists to assist Habitat programs across the country in their efforts to build sustainable housing.
Exemplary Project Award is characterized by unique environmental, social and economic success, as well as the ability to inspire others and will be judged by measurable energy and water savings. This award goes to the USC Darla Moore School of Business and is presented to Debbie Brumbaugh, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administrative Services, Joyce Ignacio, RVA Architect and Wendy Hennessey, project manager. The Darla Moore School, a 251,891 sf building is 30% smaller than the school’s previous home—a move toward sustainability. The project partnered with the US DOE and the Commercial Building Partnership to explore, implement and measure significant energy saving design features. The building was designed to maximize space and flexibility. It features chilled beam and underfloor air distribution to improve HVAC efficiency by 50-60% and interior lighting design that is 53% more efficient than traditional approaches. The building includes 2 green roofs, grey water collection and reuse, and an advanced monitoring and measurement system to ensure the building operates at maximum efficiency. There is no question that publicity surrounding the building, as well as information from its monitoring systems, will be used to instruct and inspire others.
Green School Award was added this year to inspire others in this growing segment. The winner of our Green Schools Award is the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering– the first engineering focused elementary school in South Carolina and the first school to receive LEED Silver certification in the upstate. The school is located on a brownfield site and incorporates both a green roof and solar technology. The building itself is used to enhance the curriculum, with sustainability being an actual unit of study. Since its opening, the school has received a steady stream of visitors hoping to learn from Greenville’s example. The school is also notable for its community partnerships: By sharing a site with the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, the school district was able to split the cost of developing the desirable, yet problematic site. The Kroc Center houses a Boys and Girls Club providing after school programs. The Kroc Center also features an indoor swimming pool where children can take swimming lessons, a theater for performances, a conference center for staff training and a gymnasium for a host of extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, the Salvation Army utilizes the media center, computer lab and classrooms in the school building. This is sustainability at its finest when what is not built is just as important as what is built. Terry Mills, School District representative accepted the award.
Keith Sanders Service Award, (an award recognizing service to the USGBC SC Chapter) goes to Hiren Shah, Treasurer of the SC Chapter for the last three years.
Sponsor we thank Duke Energy for again sponsoring the USGBC SC Chapter Leadership awards program (four years in a row).