The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) will be the recipient of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ (NIBS) Honor Award for 2006, which will be presented at the NIBS’ Annual Awards Dinner on January 24, 2007. The October notification letter was addressed to SBIC Executive Director Helen English and SBIC Chairman Greg Crawford on behalf of the Council.
Now in its 14th year, the Institute’s Annual Honor Award recognizes “individuals or organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the nation and the building community.” The award letter stated that, “SBIC is being honored for its many contributions to and support for building-related technology transfer, affordability, sustainability, and energy conservation.” The letter went on to say, “SBIC’s work to define and advance the whole building concept to improve facility performance and its initiation and development of the Whole Building Design Guide as a service to the building community have truly advanced our industry.”
Executive director English said, “To say we are proud of this recognition from NIBS would be an understatement. Our members and staff have made many important contributions to the building industry for over 25 years, but being this year’s Honor Award winner gives us much appreciated recognition from our peers.”
SBIC Chairman Greg Crawford commented that, “It is very gratifying that SBIC has been granted such high profile recognition for advancing the whole building design concept. For over 25 years, the Council has striven to remain ahead of the power curve in creating high performance buildings. NIBS has chosen to publicly recognize SBIC for pioneering the whole building design movement and that is exactly what sets SBIC apart, putting us well beyond what is commonly thought of as green building.”
The National Institute of Building Sciences a non-profit, non-governmental organization which was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1974 as a public/private partnership to enable findings on technical, building-related matters to be used effectively, and to take full advantage of new and useful technology that could improve our living environment. NIBS brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and prevention of potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States.
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to unite and inspire the building industry toward higher performance through education, outreach, advocacy and the mutual exchange of ideas. Visit www.wbdg.org for information on the Whole Building Design Guide.