NCSBDC 2011 Program 1 Builders of Hope – Davie Street Site NCSBDC BACKGROUND and OBJECTIVES The N.C. Sustainable Building Design Competition [NCSBDC] provides an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability, innovation and social consciousness through incorporating the principles of sustainability into college‐level curriculums. NCSBDC participants will compete in a school‐based local competition with the top two teams from each school advancing to the state competition in Raleigh, N.C. Managed by the NC Solar Center at NC State University, the NCSBDC is currently funded by both the NC Solar Center and Advanced Energy. Competition Objectives Broaden design and construction curriculums to include sustainability. Provide a channel of communication between academia and the design and construction industry. Enable students to gain experience in the foundations of sustainable design. Empower students within the green building movement to become future leaders. Raise awareness of exemplary designs and future designers by displaying them at the local, state and national competitions. Utilize established building programs — such as Healthy Built Homes (green building), SystemVision (energy efficiency), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] for Homes Rating System (green building), and Energy Star (energy efficiency) as guidelines for building design and performance. Recognize and award students and emerging green builders for their dedication, creativity, innovation and commitment to sustainable design. Eligibility The competition is open to all post‐secondary students in university, community college and technical programs [of any discipline and level]. Cross‐curriculum and multi‐institutional teams are strongly encouraged. Teams must be no fewer than three and no larger than five individuals. Students must receive course credit for participation in the competition. Schedule Competition Announced …………………………………………………………… December 2010 Registration Opens online ……………………………………………………….. Monday, January 10, 2011 Registration Deadline ……………………………………………………………… Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Local Judging Complete (school level) ……………………………………… Friday, April 8, 2011 State Competition and Judging in Raleigh ………………………………… Saturday, April 16, 2011 Charrette with Winning team and Builders of Hope …………………. May 2011 REGISTRATION Teams are required to complete the NCSBDC online registration no later than March 30, 2011, by visiting the competition website at www.sustainabledesigncompetition.org. Teams are required to identify a team contact. This person will receive important information from the local competition committee and is responsible for final submission. The team contact will be responsible for all communication between the design team and the competition NCSBDC 2011 Program 2 Builders of Hope – Davie Street Site committee. Additionally, the team contact should disseminate all information from the competition organizers to their entire team. The team contact will be sent a team Unique ID number by the NC Solar Center to be used in all competition submissions and presentation materials. NCSBDC 2010 COMMUNITY PARTNER Builders of Hope (BoH) is a non‐profit organization whose mission is to “increase the availability of high‐ quality, safe, affordable housing for working families.” Competition participants will design a cluster of affordable green homes for working families in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The first place NC state winner will be announced after jury deliberations on April 16, 2011 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh; elements of the winning design will be built by Builders of Hope in Raleigh, N.C. Since 2007, BoH has helped rebuild homes and lives by providing safe, affordable and energy‐efficient housing to working families and individuals. BoH rescues homes from demolition that would otherwise overwhelm our landfills. These houses are rehabilitated, either by being moved to a planned neighborhood or re‐built on site, using extreme green building practices. All homes are either sold at cost to working families – teachers, police officers, hair stylists, nurses, etc. – who are provided the opportunity to live in quality homes in the cities where they work, or rented at affordable rates. By saving homes from demolition, BoH is saving millions of pounds of debris from entering our landfills. And by rehabilitating homes, the amount of new building material being used is reduced, thus providing an “extreme green”, energy efficient home. BoH regularly incorporates “green” programs such as Healthy Built Homes certification and a monthly heating and air conditioning cost guarantee from Advanced Energy through their SystemVision program. Some features of BoH homes include front porches, sustainable building materials, rain barrels and drought tolerant landscaping. The NCSBDC and BoH believe that sustainable design should be available to everyone, and can be achieved while being financially responsible. While the up‐front cost of the construction is absolutely a concern, the operating budget for the families over the long term is also critical. Understanding the importance of both elements, overlaid with the important qualities of good design, challenges NCSBDC participants to design units that achieve both short‐ and long‐term affordability, achieve healthy environments (indoor and outdoor) for their residents, while establishing construction and operation strategies that create a foundation for the students to understand how to build green in North Carolina and beyond. THE CHALLENGE: The 2011 NCSBDC competition challenge is to design an affordable and sustainable cluster of homes that will be financially feasible, resource responsible, energy efficient and socially attentive. The core process of BoH is to take donated homes slotted for demolition and reconfigure them to re‐use as much of the structure as possible, reducing the material and resource impact associated with residential construction. For this competition, teams will be given (7) typical donated floor plans and be asked to use these pieces, supplemented by new construction, to develop a target of 20 units of 2‐3 bedrooms each, on a given infill lot in downtown Raleigh. Each of the floor plans can be used a maximum of three times to reach the desired number of units; the existing construction can be supplemented by new NCSBDC 2011 Program 3 Builders of Hope – Davie Street Site construction. At least 75% of the final design must be from the existing house stock; up to 25% of the footprint can be new construction, supported and documented in a materials log (see Submission Requirement document). This design challenge resembles a complex puzzle, requiring a number of levels of creativity. Understanding the structural pieces available; the spatial implications of how the structure from each plan could piece together; structural analysis of how units can potentially be overlaid and stacked; all while designing for a reduced environmental impact is all important. Teams may explore both single family units and multi‐family options. Occupants, while currently unidentified, will need to understand how their new home will reduce, reuse and recycle waste in its construction and materials. Each owner must be able to maintain the unit, including upkeep, maintenance and bills each month, including the monthly mortgage, water and energy. Research has shown the highest percentage of the electric bill will be in the base load, which includes everything beyond heating and cooling the home. In addition to the number of units, the material reuse and the energy efficiency factors, there must be a community component developed through both the relationships between the individual units and a community space developed on the exterior. The exterior space should include: Adequate parking and circulation should be incorporated. Ten percent of the total units (target 20) should be designed for universal accessibility. Site The infill site designated for the project is 720 E. Davie Street in Raleigh, N.C. Participating students are encouraged to visit the lot and directions can be found online at www.sustainabledesigncompetition.org. Participants should see the “Extents of Site” diagram on the competition website for an accurate site footprint. The site must target 20 units of 2‐3 bedrooms each, targeting a 50/50 ratio of units. The surrounding neighborhood is primarily single family or small multi‐ family units. Ensure that the project blends aesthetically with the surrounding neighborhood. Students are encouraged to visit the site to fully understand the context. Site Assumptions: Provide additional 20’ of r/w along Davie frontage Use total assessed value as acquisition cost Existing structures and Infrastructure can be moved or modified Site contains no wetlands or water bodies Site contains no invasive species or protected wildlife Site contains no contamination Utilities are available to site Utilities This will be an all‐electric home. NCSBDC 2011 Program 4 Builders of Hope – Davie Street Site Zoning and Site Restrictions The site is zoned R‐20 with PIN # 1713076196 at 720 East Davie. Students will need to research and establish required setbacks. Designs will need to include a driveway accessed from Davie Street and include sufficient parking for all units per code. The site is not located in a flood zone and does not contain wetlands. Design Goals Whole house design Creativity in process, design and innovation Conceptual design and program fulfillment: how the project’s vision has met the requirements Engagement of environmental concerns such as water and energy conservation, indoor air quality and resource conservation; economic concerns including construction and operation costs; and social aspects of program and site specifically relating to the neighborhood context, socio‐economic profile, and neighborhood culture Integration of local home programs such as SystemVision, LEED, HBH and other programs Overall energy use reduction and its documentation Materials reuse and salvage Requirements Your team’s failure to meet minimum requirements will result in point reduction and possible disqualification. Please see the NCSBDC 2011 Requirements document for ALL competition and submission requirements. 1. Team structure —Teams should be comprised of no fewer than three and no more than five members. Cross‐curriculum and multi‐institutional teams are encouraged. 2. Design Program 2‐3 bedrooms (see note below): min 10’ x 10’ w/o closet 1‐2 full baths (see note below): min 5’ x 7’ Kitchen: min 8’ x 8’ Living room: min 11’ x 11’ Dining room: min 8’ x 8’ Laundry Private outdoor space (ideal but not required) Community space (ideal but not required) Note that at 1/3 of the total number of units must be 3 bedrooms w/ 2 full baths. Also, a target mix of the 2‐br/3‐br units is 50/50, but BoH welcomes deviation. 3. Budget and summary documentation — The cost per square foot must not exceed the budget allowed. A budget template is provided for guidance on www.sustainabledesigncompetition.org. 4. Energy — Architectural Energy Corporation has agreed to provide REM/Rate software for participants in the North Carolina Sustainable Buildings Design Competition, with a license to expire April 15, NCSBDC 2011 Program 5 Builders of Hope – Davie Street Site 2011. Students are required to provide the following reports from the REM/Rate program as documentation of the design’s energy efficiency: Building File Report Energy Analysis Economic Analysis Home Energy Ratings 5. Sustainable design Use the following categories to produce high‐performance green residence complex: 1. Energy efficient design 6. Water 2. Renewable energy 7. Community coherence 3. Building science 8. Hazard mitigation 4. Materials 9. Universal design 5. Indoor environmental quality 6. Local green home programs — Historically, BoH projects seek to achieve HealthyBuilt Homes Silver Certification. The designs must meet this threshold to be considered compliant. Additional certifications through other programs (ie: LEED‐H, NAHB’s National Green Building Standard (NGBS), etc) will be considered in the judging as well, but are not required. The home will be constructed to adhere to the typical standards of BoH projects. This includes: Energy Star for New Homes (www.energystar.com ‐ energy efficiency, national program) Advanced Energy’s SystemVision (www.advancedenergy.org ‐ energy efficiency with some indoor air quality, state program) Healthy Built Homes – Silver certification (www.healthybuilthomes.org ‐ green building, state program) 7. Submission and presentation requirements Submission and presentation requirements can be found online at www.sustainabledesigncompetition.org. Note designs and presentation materials must remain anonymous at all levels, and the team number assigned following NCSBDC registration must serve as the team’s identification. This number should be noted on the back of the presentation boards during judging. The competition organizers must have the required electronic files as described in the online requirements document by April 8, 2011 for each team presenting at the state competition in Raleigh. Each school’s Faculty Advisor is responsible for getting these documents to the organizers at NCSC. Judging Judging takes place at both the local and state levels. Local competitions will be arranged by your Faculty Advisors and take place before April 8, 2011. The state competition, organized by the North Carolina Solar Center, will be held in Raleigh, N.C., on April 16, 2011. At both the local and state levels your design will be judged based on requirements and a point system, overlaid with a qualitative functional and aesthetic interpretation by the expert judging panel. More information about these requirements can be found online in the NCSBDC 2011 Requirements document at www.sustainabledesigncompetition.org. Selection of the winning designs will be based on comprehension and inclusion of design criteria and considerations, meeting all requirements effectively, NCSBDC 2011 Program 6 Builders of Hope – Davie Street Site as well as innovation and creativity in the presented solution. Additional points will be awarded for innovation, build‐ability and presentation. Judging is done by consensus. A point system judging sheet will be available to help build consensus on the winning designs. Please note that there are qualitative elements of designs that must be taken into consideration. Given this, the winners may not be those that are the absolute highest scoring projects. Teams must submit the required items at all levels of competition. Although it is not required, teams may choose to incorporate changes to submissions following the local competition, before submission and judging at the state level in Raleigh. Awards Local Competition The local jury will award one first, second and third place title. At maximum, the top two teams from each local competition will advance to the state competition in Raleigh on April 16, 2011 if local judging has deemed that the submissions meet the competition minimum requirements. The winning teams may receive monetary awards at the local level if the Faculty Advisor arranges for it separately; no monetary awards will be provided by the competition organizers to the local level. State Competition State competition jurors will award first, second and third place titles and up to two honorable mentions. Monetary sums will be awarded for first, second and third place prizes, but the actual amounts will be dependent on sponsorships secured. Post‐Competition Charrette Following the statewide competition, the first place winners should plan to attend the post‐competition charrette in Raleigh, N.C. Participation is not mandatory but it is a great learning experience and attendance is recommended. The goal of this session is to transform the winning design into working plans for the builder. Student participation is crucial to ensure the original integrity and idea of the design is maintained. This session will include the winning student team and their Faculty Advisor, BoH representatives as the builder and owner, possibly architects / designers, local program staff such as SystemVision, LEED, HBH building experts and more. ABOUT THE PARTNERS North Carolina Solar Center, Competition Coordinators The North Carolina Solar Center [NCSC] coordinates the North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition [NCSBDC], which was started by a passionate building professional, Phil Mayrand, in 2000 and had been administered at various times by Advanced Energy, North Carolina Agricultural & Technology (NCA&T) University’s Center for Research and Technology (CERT) and now the NCSC at North Carolina State University. The mission of the NCSC is to advance the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building, and clean transportation resources to ensure a sustainable economy that protects our natural environment, encourages energy independence, and lowers energy costs for consumers. The Center will safeguard this sustainable energy future through programs to educate the public, share research and technical expertise, guide industry’s energy decisions, and shape government policy. NCSBDC 2011 Program 7 Builders of Hope – Davie Street Site The competition is an initiative of NCSC’s High Performance Buildings Team, which administers the state‐based HealthyBuilt Homes program and is a LEED for Homes provider. Both programs offer a green inspector/ rater designation for HERS raters (Energy Star Homes raters), providing quality control and assurance in the green building process. Along with the residential program, the Solar Center works with its many partners to provide technical assistance to developers seeking LEED certification of commercial and institutional buildings through in‐depth design reviews, leading design charrettes and technical training for building professionals. For more information about NCSC and the High Performance Buildings Team, visit www.ncsc.ncsu.edu/highperformancebuildingsteam.php. Builders of Hope, Builders & Community Partner Builders of Hope is a 501(c)3 organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina. It has provided XXX homes in North Carolina and has major development projects underway in Raleigh, Fuquay‐Varina and Charlotte, North Carolina and has just planted roots in New Orleans, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas. The ease of replication in the BoH model provides the ability to expand into many other states. The BoH mission is to increase the availability of high‐quality, safe, affordable housing for working families. Incorporating economic benefits, environmental stewardship and social solutions, Builders of Hope sustainably revitalizes at‐risk communities ‐‐ one home, one family, one life at a time. The BoH vision is to positively impact the development of Livable, Walkable, Sustainable cities and create stable communities so families can actually live where they work. We see a future in which our urban neighborhoods are truly mixed use and mixed income, where families can thrive while building economic independence and generational wealth. Visit Builders of Hope online at www.buildersofhope.org for more information. North Carolina Triangle Chapter of USGBC’s Emerging Professionals, Strategic Partners Emerging Professionals [EP] is a national organization that focuses on incorporating students and young professionals into the green building movement. National initiatives include the Natural Talent Design Competition, EP discounts to Greenbuild, community design workshops, networking and local EP and USGBC Student groups. The Triangle EP Committee is over four years old with an established list serve, as well as monthly and annual events. One of many local groups worldwide, the Triangle EP Committee is one of the largest and strongest in both events and members. For more information about EP, visit www.usgbc.org. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Statewide Competition Host Today as it was in 1879, the museum’s mission is to educate the people of North Carolina by collecting and preserving the state’s biological diversity, promoting environmental awareness and relating the natural sciences to everyday life. Children and adults who visit the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences can learn about amazing animal architects and see how humans can live more sustainably. Visit the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences on the web at www.naturalsciences.org.
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