Architecture Competition for students to create an innovative, Net-Zero Energy, and low-impact environmentally designed building

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Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, a global manufacturer of insulated metal panels for building construction, announced today the launch of Generation Kingspan™, a contest for architecture students. The contest encourages U.S. and Canadian students to create an innovative, Net-Zero Energy, and low-impact environmentally designed building using Kingspan’s Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) and reflecting Kingspan’s sustainable corporate philosophy.

The contest starts August 1, 2012, and will culminate with a Grand Prize winner selection in November at the Greenbuild 2012 International Conference and Exposition in San Francisco. The competition merges the benefits of a juried expert panel review with the wisdom of the crowd -- with one winner determined by the judging panel and another winner determined by voting on the Generation Kingspan on-line design community. Both winners will receive an internship at an architecture firm, a $2,500 scholarship and a $1,000 cash prize. The top designs will then compete for exhibit floor votes at Greenbuild to determine the grand prize winner, who will be awarded a laptop and voucher for design software.

The Crowd-Vote Contest. All submissions will be reviewed first by online voters visiting and participating on the contest website. Online reviewers will have the ability to assign badges to designs based on the three key elements of the design competition: 1. Design/Vision, 2. Sustainability, and 3. Energy Efficiency. In addition, commenting capabilities will enable students, expert voters and entrants to discuss the designs for crowd-sourced learning opportunities. The on-line community winner will be based on the design that accumulates the most badges.

The Juried Contest. Complementing the above, the contest also supports a winner, reviewed by an expert jury. The 2012 jury includes:
  • Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Architect Role at ALLL (Atelier Lira Luis, LLC) a MBE certified firm
  • Chris Mundell, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President/Sustainable Design Coordinator at HKS
  • Mark Roddy, Design Principal at Smith Group
  • Keith Spurlin, CSI, CDT, Associate AIA, Business Development Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels NA, Inc., former project designer, Gresham, Smith and Partners.
  • Paciano Diaz, RA, MBA, LEED AP, Business Development Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels NA, Inc., former Senior Project Manager, Westfield Corp.
  • Harvey Bryan, Ph.D., FAIA, LEED AP, Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University
“The next generation of architects are digital natives, socially interactive by nature,” said Andrea Peters, Director of Marketing for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America. She explained, “We believe the peer commenting within our design competition will be as valuable to them as the juried contest. It’s not just about identifying exemplary design from one winner, but fostering wider discussion of sustainable and energy efficient design among all participants, design students and experts alike.”

Submissions for Generation Kingspan must be received by October 31, 2012. To learn more about the competition, register online and download materials, visit http://www.generationkingspan.com.

About Kingspan Insulated Panels North America
Based in Deland, Fla., Kingspan Insulated Panels North America is a global leader in insulated metal panels (IMPs) manufacturing, serving U.S., Canadian and export markets. Kingspan IMPs are manufactured as a single component system with high R-value, unsurpassed airtightness and superior moisture control suitable for new and existing buildings. As the most energy-efficient, cost-effective building envelope solutions, IMPs are at the forefront of sustainability. Kingspan IMPs are a significant first step to achieving net-zero energy building and consistently contribute to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits and certifications. Kingspan IMPs serve the architectural, commercial/industrial, cold storage and food processing markets, and is committed to delivering the most advanced building products on the market. Visit http://www.kingspanpanels.us and http://www.kingspanpanels.ca for details.


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