Deane M. Evans, executive director of the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) at NJIT, has been appointed to this year’s jury for the National Institute of Building Sciences’ 2017 Beyond Green High-Performance Building and Community Awards.
Evans joins an exclusive four-member jury at the awards, which is held annually to “recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes.” The Institute will recognize the 2017 winners at the awards event held on January 10, 2018.
“I am pleased and honored [to have been appointed], as the National Institute for Building Sciences is a significant organization in the building world,” said Evans. “I am excited to see what is on the cutting edge of high-performance design, construction and organization.”
Evans and colleagues will help select from this year’s entries to award those that best exemplify high-performance design and construction practices in four award categories, including High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities. Winners have the opportunity to present their work, as well as have their projects published as case studies on the Whole Building Design Guide website.
“The winning projects in this annual event provide a view into the future of high-performance buildings,” said Evans. “These award winners demonstrate interesting and forward-looking models, which can serve as unique concepts for the students in the architecture program at [NJIT].
In 2015, (CBK) received an award of merit from the organization in the Innovates for High-Performance Buildings and Communities category for the university’s Smart Supermarkets Program. The program was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“The awards are in line with the missions of [NJIT’s] Center for Building Knowledge and the Center for Resilient Design,” explained Evans. “The awards are on the cutting edge of high performance buildings and go beyond green – as their title.”
As a registered architect with more than 30 years of expertise in high-performance building practices for the private and public sectors, Evans helped initiate the Beyond Green Awards Program in 2011 when he served as vice-chair of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.
CBK is a multidisciplinary research and technical assistance center at NJIT focused on helping individuals and communities make better-informed decisions about the performance, sustainability and resilience of buildings nationwide.