USGBC Minnesota Chapter announces Fourth Annual Natural Design Competition

The Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is accepting registrations for the Fourth Annual Natural Design Competition. The 2011 competition entails designing a home in Proctor, Minnesota, under USGBC LEED Platinum criteria.

The challenge calls for designing a 1,800-square-foot home on a budget of $150,000 - including materials and labor - and build to specification of a specific lot on Lavaque Street. The winning designs will help serve as models for forthcoming residential construction in northern Minnesota.

Young professionals - graduated within the past five years - and current students are eligible to participate independently or in teams. Registration is free through April 1, 2011 or $25 from April 2 through July 15, 2011. Participants will work in tandem with mentors, including project check-ins and professional development. The first place winner will receive $1,500 in cash or a $2,500 scholarship to Greenbuild, the USGBC's annual conference. Second and third place winners will also receive prizes. Designs are due July 15, 2011 and the chapter will announce winners in August 2011.

The Minnesota Chapter of the USGBC developed the Natural Design Competition to facilitate green building collaboration between aspiring architects and designers with the chapter and the professional community. Proctor Public Schools and the City of Proctor are working on the project with the goal to use winning designs as models for future projects.

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