Winning Strategies for a Low Carbon Footprint

APA challenged Florida designers to design a house with the lowest carbon footprint (least CO2 emissions) in the Carbon Challenge Florida Design Competition. $15,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the winning entries, determined by a performance score based on a scientific life-cycle assessment (LCA), cost-effectiveness, and adherence to the architectural standards of a Florida development.

All designs submitted were reviewed by a panel of judges and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, as well as three honorable mention categories, including best use of wood products, best curb-appeal and most cost-effective design. View the complete design requirements & rules.

Designing Homes for a Healthier Planet: Fossil fuel use and climate change are widely regarded today as critical environmental issues. The common denominator for both concerns are greenhouse gases (CO2e) that are emitted into the atmosphere when fossil fuels such as oil and coal are burned for energy, or when organic materials decay. It is widely held that greenhouse gasses trap heat in the atmosphere and in sufficient quantities can contribute to climate change. APA is encouraging home designers to meet this environmental challenge by designing homes that have lower carbon footprints.


Winning Designers Announced at IBS Ceremony

January 2011

The Carbon Challenge 2010 Florida Design Competition Grand Prize Design Award was presented to Damon Roby of True Design Studios in Jacksonville, Florida. Roby and five other winners were recognized on January 13, 2011, at a ceremony and catered reception sponsored by APA at the 2011 NAHB International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida.

“The winners really put a lot of thought into the carbon footprint and operational energy of these homes, as well as proper design and constructability,” said APA Senior Engineered Wood Specialist Bob Clark. “If any of these six designs was built, it would have a positive impact on the carbon footprint of home construction today.” The winning designers included:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Damon W. Roby, True Design Studios
  • Second Place: Greg Beere and Jason Fisher, Content Design Group
  • Third Place:  Mark Straite, Mark Straite, Architects, Inc.
  • Best Use of Wood: David Pillsbury AIBD, Keesee and Associates, Inc.
  • Best Curb Appeal: Russell Ervin, Ervin Lovett & Miller
  • Most Cost-Effective: Nicholas Renard, Cote Renard Architecture

Read more about the Carbon Challenge Awards. View the winning designs.


Residential EcoCalculator Now Available

November 2010

The ATHENA® EcoCalculator for Residential Assemblies provides instant LCA (life cycle assessment) results for commonly used building structure and envelope assemblies. Carbon Challenge participants are provided with free access to the EcoCalculator software to determine the LCA global warming potential impact measure for their design. That score is based on cradle-to-grave life-cycle (from extraction of raw materials, to product manufacture, to completion of structure, to structure demolition) and includes fossil fuel energy use. Download free EcoCalculator.