Whole building design, holistic building design and building systems integration are terms that point to the escalating importance of considering and balancing all of the myriad variables the impact all aspects of building performance. The building facade system is the nexus of many of these often-competing considerations, critically impacting performance at the multiple scales of facade system, building and urban habitat. The Facade Tectonics Institute views the facade system as the pivot point, the very key to the transformation to a resilient and sustainable built environment.
The intent of the Outstanding Facade Integration award is to single out facade systems that demonstrate the most considered, comprehensive and appropriate integration and adaptive responsiveness within the context of a given building project.
For example, functional integration can involve automated blinds and lighting systems linked through a building management system to optimize daylighting while mitigating glare and minimizing electrical lighting. But functional integration can also involve, ventilation, fire suppression, water harvesting, power generation, media messaging and more. We are looking for facade systems that play a central role in facilitating this form of holistic building design.
Submissions for the Outstanding Facade Integration category will be evaluated in the overarching context of innovation and sustainability, which may include diverse considerations ranging from design concepts to project delivery strategies, supply chain management and lifecycle performance attributes.
The hierarchy of consideration for the Outstanding Facade Integration Award will be:
- 10% — Clarity (narrative and graphic representation)
- 50% — Integration
- 40% — The extent to which the integration contributes to resilience and sustainability goals in buildings and urban habitat.
Before beginning your submission, please review the assessment criteria and eligibility to ensure your project or project team qualifies for the award. Once you have reviewed the assessment criteria and eligibility, please prepare the materials outlined below in order to successfully complete the online submission form.
1. Basic Project Information
- Project Name
- Project Address
- Completion Date (month and year)
2. Project Data
- Structural Material
- Building Type
- LEED Rating (if applicable)
- Building Height (ft)
- Square Feet
- Facade Area
- Building Systems
- Project Processes
3. Project Team
- Facade Contractor
- Facade Maintenance
- Project Managers
- Main Contractors
- Material Suppliers
- Other Consultants (if applicable)
4. Written Description
Please prepare answers to the following questions within the given word counts.
- Description of the project or building upon which the submission is based. (200 words/1,500 characters max.)
- Description of the comprehensive roles of the team members. (1,000 words/7,500 characters max.)
- Description of the facade related innovations employed or otherwise exhibited. (500 words/3750 characters max.)
- Description of the importance of the innovations and potential positive disruptive influence on the industry as a whole. (200 words/1,500 characters max.)
- Description and quantitative analysis of the sustainable attributes of the submission. This should include both embedded carbon and on-going energy considerations. (500 words/3750 characters max.)
5. Additional Project Documentation
A selection of projects images and drawings are required for each submission. At minimum, please include a plan, elevation, and typical section as well as headshots and short biographies for all relevant team members.
Images and drawings should be submitted as a single PDF file and should be medium to high resolution.
- Supported file format: PDF document, size A3, 300 dpi
- Total file size cannot exceed 50 MB
Captions & Copyright
You will be required to provide copyright information and captions for each image uploaded. For the benefit of the jury, please be as descriptive as possible in your captions.
6. Participation Consent
Participation in the FTI Vitruvian Honors & Awards Program requires consent to the following:
- All award nominees are expected to comply with the following responsibilities:
- Representatives of the project must attend and present at the FTI 2021 Vitruvian Honors & Awards Ceremony to be held in Los Angeles in the Spring of 2021.
- Each speaker will pay the reduced nominee registration rate for each speaker to attend the 2021 Vitruvian Awards Ceremony.
- All projects entered to the FTI Vitruvian Honors & Awards will also be included in the online FTI Project Database using the provided submission content and descriptions.
- Right to Usage of Materials: All submitted text and images are provided with the understanding that they may be used in Institute materials, including the FTI website, press releases, award announcements, and other means of publicity for the purpose of promoting the 2021 Vitruvian Honors & Awards Ceremony. Copyright clearance and payment of any fees for artwork is to be organized by the submitter prior to submission. FTI will properly identify all materials with the appropriate copyright notice and credit line, as supplied during the upload process.
Ready to submit a project for consideration? Please complete the online submission form by Monday, January 18, 2020.