Note: these are guidelines for the 2009 competition, and are posted for informational purposes only.
- Create designs that facilitate local building materials reuse
- Consider the full lifecycle of buildings and materials—from resource extraction through occupancy and, finally, deconstruction and reuse
- Focus on quality and creativity of designs and concepts
- Develop strategies that maximize materials recovery
- Reduce the overall embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions of building materials through reuse
- Decrease environmental and economic costs
- Address real world issues
- Entries can be submitted in two categories: Existing or New buildings.
- Within each category, submissions can be made for projects which are in the design or built phase of work. Professionals may submit built or design work. Students may submit only design work.
In addition, entrants may also register for Innovation Awards:
- Climate Adaptation
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Who Should Participate?
- Architects, reuse experts, engineers, designers, planners, contractors, builders, educators, environmental advocates
- Students in any program
- Teams of up to 5 contestants can enter. Please include all team members and a team lead when registering.
- Residents of the United States and its territories are eligible for all categories and Innovation Awards.
- International participants may enter in the student category only. Recognition will be given to the top international entries in this category.
How to Enter
All entries must be submitted on-line. To minimize waste and conserve paper, no hard copy submissions will be accepted. Upload your entry on this website. Use your contestant number to log on.
- 3 high-resolution image files of the design
- Resolution: 1600 x 2400 pixels
- Jpeg or gif files
- RGB color mode
- Brief explanation of entry
- Discussion of lifecycle building techniques
- Materials used
- Environmental implications
- Economic or policy implications
- Building square footage (building category only)
- Construction and demolition debris reduced (by type)
- In order to promote replicability of project and product ideas, specification submissions will be evaluated for inclusion in EPA’s Green Construction Guide for Specifiers. Any inclusions would be appropriately credited in the Guide.
Questions and Answers
Contestants are encouraged to ask questions via email concerning competition details. For the benefit of contestants, we will post common questions and answers on the Challenge website.
Upon registering for this competition, all competitors agree to waive any and all claims against the sponsors and cooperating agencies which may result from the participation in the Lifecycle Building Challenge.
All entries received will be considered public information. Entrants are responsible for the protection of any intellectual property or copyright associated with their entry by patent or other means.
Entries submitted should be the original work of the participant or team.
By registering, the entrants agree that the Challenge Committee and partners shall have the unlimited right to publish and exhibit and otherwise use all entries and materials submitted by competition participants through any means of communication, including, but not limited to publication, presentation, display, and electronic posting for an indefinite period of time. All submitted materials will become the property of Lifecycle Building Challenge and will be considered for inclusion on the Lifecycle Building Challenge website. Submitted materials will not be returned.
The use of these materials is at the Committee and partners own discretion and without compensation to the entrant. Entries may also be used as an educational resource.
The Lifecycle Building Challenge Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry. We are not liable for lost, misdirected, late or substantially incomplete entries. There is no guarantee that submitted entries will be displayed online.
The Conference Committee, EPA, AIA, CHPS, WCG, and Green Building in Alameda County do not necessarily endorse or approve of the policies or products of any of the entrants and no official endorsement should be inferred by an agency or organization's participation in the Competition.
Submitting participants must notify their clients of the program requirements prior to entering.