Green Building Award Criteria & Nominations

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Sustainable San Mateo County, County of San Mateo – RecycleWorks, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Mateo County Chapter, are sponsoring the annual Green Building Awards. These awards are given to projects that promote green, sustainable design and construction. The awards support environmental friendly and cost-effective design in architecture and recognize the architects, builders, and owners of these green buildings in San Mateo County.

The Green Building Award winners will be selected by an independent panel of recognized professionals in the disciplines of green and sustainable construction.

The nomination period for the 2014 event is now closed. We encourage interested parties to sign up for our email list at the bottom of the page to receive notification when the next cycle begins in the fall of 2014.

Award winners will be announced in January and awards will be presented at the Sustainable San Mateo County celebration dinner on April 3, 2014, at the Bay View Dining Room at the College of San Mateo.

Award criteria:

The Green Building Awards is open to any building constructed or remodeled within the last five (5) years and located in San Mateo County. Remodels and additions are also eligible to apply for the awards. To apply for the award your project must have completed its final inspection by November 30, 2013. Previous submittals may apply if their original projects have had additional substantial green improvements.

Each nomination will be evaluated based on how well the nominee’s actions reflect these basic green building criteria:

  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency
  • Materials and Resources
  • Footprint and Community Impact
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Water Conservation and Management
  • Innovation and Design
  • Cost Effectiveness of Construction
  • Presentation and Other Considerations

2014 Application Materials: Download the Nomination form and required submittal Countywide Sustainable Buildings Checklist


Questions? Contact SSMC at 650.638.2323 or advocate [at] 

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