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The innovative use of materials and processes helped the Symphony House in Philadelphia win a 2008 GreenSite Award for Best High-Rise. C-GRID carbon fiber reinforcement allowed designers to reduce the building's footprint. Reusable Eco-Blast steel shot created a distinctive finish on exterior concrete panels.

Sustainable. Green. Eco-minded. Whatever buzzwords they use, designers, builders, and building owners are looking for ways to make their projects more environmentally friendly. Best of all, they have come to recognize that concrete is one of the best materials for energy efficiency and durable construction.

Many award programs recognize the merits of sustainable design and construction, but ours specifically honors the role of concrete. The editors of THE CONCRETE PRODUCER and CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION have created the annual GreenSite Awards to publicize the concrete community's innovative contributions to the green movement.

Concrete producers and contractors are important team members in developing and executing sustainable projects. Our readers are important promoters of environmentally friendly techniques and practices. The GreenSite Awards are your opportunity to show how you are shaping the future of concrete construction.

We invite you to join us in promoting the green side of concrete by submitting your best sustainable projects. Concrete or concrete products must play a significant role, but the project's greenness is not limited to materials. A precast concrete or concrete block structure can win points for energy efficiency, but the contractor's fuel-efficient delivery system may have made an even greater environmental impact. And the architect's design to capture daylight might contribute even more to energy savings.

Each entry will require documentation that an independent rating system has certified or verified its status as a green project. If the project's owner has not applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or a similar certification, include an explanation of the environmental products or practices that make it an exceptional example of sustainable building.

Your GreenSite project can fall within any of 11 different categories:

  • Residential
  • Multi-family housing
  • Landscaping
  • Industrial
  • High-rise
  • Institutional
  • Repair & rehabilitation
  • Retrofitting
  • Historic restoration
  • Transportation
  • Commercial
  • Our panel of judges, including industry experts in green construction, will select one winner in each category. Judges will base GreenSite Award selections on the contributions of the entire project team—producers, contractors, and designers—to its overall sustainability.

    Winning projects will be featured in THE CONCRETE PRODUCER and CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazines, and receive special recognition at the World of Concrete GREENSITE exhibit in 2010. We will also post slideshows of all submitted projects on our Web sites.

    The deadline for entries for the 2009 GreenSite Awards is Aug. 14. Entry materials must include a detailed description, photos, and list of project team members. For more information and entry forms, click here or visit, www.concreteconstruction.net.