North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition

November/December 2009
A version of this article appears in the November/December 2009 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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November 01, 2009
A sustainable future is not possible without the dedication of professionals, leaders, teachers, and students to bring about change in their communities. In the spirit of Earth Day, which is the observance of protecting the environment and the planet, professors, instructors, and community college and university students gathered at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina, to compete in the annual North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition (NCSBDC). The annual downtown Raleigh Earth Day observance brings in thousands of visitors, with the NCSBDC being one of many featured events. The NCSBDC introduces sustainable design and construction practices to community college and university students across North Carolina and beyond. Students form teams of three to five members and with the direction of their professors and mentors, design a residential or light commercial building for a particular region of North Carolina. After competing locally, the winners travel to the state event, and those winners compete at the national level. The competition is sponsored and managed by Advanced Energy and the North Carolina Solar Center in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. The program was the brainchild of Phil Mayrand Jr. of Topsail Island, North Carolina. Phil’...

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