FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT: Jason Selley USGBC Hawai’i Chapter jason.selley@usgbchawaii.org Cell: (808) 226-5145

University of Hawai’i at Manoa School of Architecture’s Student Team Selected as National Finalists for the 2010 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition
Student finalists’ designs to be built into affordable LEED Platinum homes in New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood (Honolulu) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has selected University of Hawai’i at Manoa School of Architecture’s student team, Greenboy Design, as one of two student finalists in its 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition. As finalists in the competition, the team’s sustainable home design will be built in New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood, which was one of the many areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Once built, the home will enter a measurement and verification phase in which it will be graded on energy efficiency, water reuse and indoor air quality among other categories. Members of the winning student design team, consisting of doctoral architecture students Frank Alsup, Sanphawat Jatupatwarangkul, Tuan Tran and Ramo Khem, will travel to New Orleans to meet with local architects and community leaders of the Broadmoor District. In addition, the team will also showcase their design at the 2010 USGBC Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago. “As students, it is exciting to have our team’s design be built in an area of our country that has been so torn by such unfortunate circumstances. It is an honor to be a part of the USGBC’s sustainable rebuilding efforts in New Orleans,” said Frank Alsup, University of Hawai’i Doctor of Architecture candidate and team member of Greenboy Design. Competing against over 360 design submissions throughout the United States, Greenboy’s Design was selected based on their innovative, affordable, ADA-compliant (American Disabilities Act), LEED Platinum home, which demonstrated green building principles and will save future homeowners money over the life cycle of their home. Furthermore, their design maintained respect for the Broadmoor aesthetic and the opinion of the neighborhood as captured by a community vote, held earlier in the summer. To view their winning design, visit http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/broadmoor_greenboy. The USGBC Hawai’i Chapter, in collaboration with Stephen Meder, University of Hawai’i School of Architecture’s Director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design, hosted the local portion of the design competition during the 2010 Spring Semester. Meder, along with five local judges with a diverse knowledge in sustainable design and construction carefully chose Greenboy Design as the winner in the local portion of the competition. The three top placing local teams were awarded scholarships totaling $3,000, sponsored by Nordic PCL Construction, Inc of Hawai`i. This marks the first year that a Hawai’i student team has participated in the national competition. “The USGBC Hawai`i Chapter congratulates and is honored to have the Greenboy Design chosen as a National Finalist. The group has such a great balance of passion, creativity, and the technical skills needed to develop such a high performing home design. It is great testament to the UH School of Architecture and the dedication of our student talent towards progressive design,” said Jason Selley,

Emerging Professionals & Students Chair for the USGBC Hawai’i Chapter. “Local participation in this competition wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support from the University of Hawai’i School of Architecture, all the participating UH student teams, as well as our local architecture and construction professionals who volunteered their time and efforts to judge the competition and mentor our student teams.” The competition, which is a collaboration with the Salvation Army’s EnviRenew, is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate design students as well as young green building professionals, to design a 800-square-foot LEED for Homes project that is priced affordably and is functional for elderly occupants. The design team whose home performs best during measurement and verification will be awarded the final grand prize at Greenbuild 2011. For more information about the 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition, visit www.usgbchawaii.org. ###

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