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Show How You Re-Green: Green Housing Awards Program

A program of the AIA Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community.

Overview | Criteria | Eligibility | Entry Fee | Jury | Frequently Asked Questions | Tips for Using the Online Submission Site | Questions? | Submission Site Walk Through | Enter Now

The submission deadline has passed for 2009.


There are currently more than 107 million existing residential units in the U.S., and the Brookings Institute has estimated that 75% of all buildings that will be in use by 2050 are already built. If we are to reach carbon neutral goals, these existing buildings represent the greatest opportunity to meet those goals by reducing resource use while providing greater health and comfort to all inhabitants. Architects are in a key position to design solutions to these challenges.

The National AIA Housing & Custom Residential Knowledge Community is looking for innovative designs that have significantly reduced the resource use and increased the indoor environmental quality of existing housing. We urge architects who work on market rate or affordable housing, single family or multi-family housing to submit their work for this awards program. We also encourage the submittal of adaptive re-use and mixed use projects provided that housing constitutes the project's principal use.

Projects may be complete gut remodels or a substantial alteration that results in significant improvements of the housing's performance. Projects must provide verifiable data that documents the before and after improvements.


The AIA is looking for housing renovation/remodel/rehabilitation projects that demonstrate exemplary performance relative to as many of the following criteria as possible. These criteria are based on The GreenPoint Rated Existing Home Checklist (required as part of your submission) as well as the 2007 Build It Green's Home Remodeling Green Building Guidelines. Please note:


Submissions must be located in the United States and may include multifamily or single-family homes, privately or publicly funded. To qualify as a renovation or remodel, the project must demonstrate that at least 50% of the original structure has been retained. Architects, developers, owners and builders are all invited to submit projects for consideration.

Selected projects will be recognized with awards at the 2010 AIA National Convention Housing Awards Reception in Miami, Florida on June 10 - 12, 2010.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is $100 per project for AIA members and $150 for non-members. The entry deadline is September 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time. The entry fee is non-refundable. Early submission is encouraged. Questions may be sent via e-mail to

Any project that credits any 2009 AIA Affordable Green Housing jury member or his/her firm as architect, associate architect, consultant, or client is ineligible and will be disqualified if submitted.


Tenaya Asan
Build it Green

Katherine Austin, AIA
Katherine Austin, AIA

Christine Bruncati
The Center for Building Knowledge

David Miller, FAIA
The Miller/Hull Partnership

Gena L. Tsakiris

Michele Wang
Runberg Architecture Group

Walker Wells
Global Green

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know my submission has been received?
You will receive an e-mail with a confirmation number upon completion of your entry.

What if I want to make changes after I have completed my submission?
You can edit your submission until 07:59:59 pm Eastern Time, September 3, 2009.

How will I know that my attachment was uploaded?
To view your attachment, click the attachment file name in the "Attachment" column located at the bottom of the File Upload page. You are responsible for checking that the file you upload opens and can be viewed as you intended

What if I cannot upload an attachment?
First, make sure the file you are uploading is in a PDF format. This is the only type of file able to be uploaded so that we can maintain cross-platform compatibility. This ensures that the Mac versus PC question does not come into play.

What if I have a PDF file and am still not able to upload the attachment?
All files to be uploaded must be smaller than 4MB. Please check that your file meets these requirements. The system will not allow anything larger for your convenience, time requirements, and server space.

What if I am not capable of converting a file to a PDF?
Most copy centers and local libraries can help you convert your files. Technical Support will also help you with file conversion—they can be reached from the link on the online submission page labeled "Problems, Questions, Comments?" located in the upper-right-hand corner of each page.

What if I change my mind and do not want to submit?
The decision to submit your application should be made very carefully, before you enter the payment information. Once you have entered that information and click "save and continue," you will be charged and no refunds will be issued.

Tips for Using the Online Submission Site

You may edit your submission until 07:59:59 pm Eastern Time on September 3, 2009.

Please note that once you hit “Save and Submit” your file does not leave the system until the deadline has passed.

You can log back into the site to update or change any information you have entered or uploaded prior to the deadline, even after receipt of your confirmation e-mail.

Your initial entry requires that you move through the submission site sequentially. Should you wish to work on different sections of the submission out of order you must log off and reenter the site where you will be prompted with the following: “You have two choices to edit this submission:

    1. If you would like to visit each incomplete page, sequentially.

    2. If you would like to go to the submission summary screen, which displays all sections, and choose which section you would like to edit.

Option Two will allow you to maneuver throughout the different areas of the site.


For technical problems submitters should contact the Sierra Bay technical support line, 407.438.7939 extension 2 or during regular business hours Eastern Time. You may also contact to ask any additional questions.

See the complete submission site walk through before you submit.

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