Client: Potomac Valley Brick
Potomac Valley Brick engaged Doo Consulting to explore how to enhance the perception of brick as a sustainable building material. Doo Consulting identified the unique qualities of brick to be its thermal mass and storage capacity and its durability. In order to raise awareness of these qualities and to gain the attention of the design community, Doo Consulting created BrickStainable, an educational and promotional initiative including a design competition.
It is known that buildings are large consumers of energy and that their operations contribute significantly to global climate change. The BrickStainable design competition challenged design teams to create net-zero energy designs utilizing brick as the primary building material. Recognizing that materials have different physical properties and that builders have exploited those characteristics in the past, BrickStainable challenged the design community to reconsider the nature of brick. Utilizing modern construction technologies, the integration of brick with other materials, the spatial design and planning of the building and even reconsidering the brick itself, designers were challenged to show us what is possible to reduce building energy demand through design.
In its first year, BrickStainable awarded six prizes to teams from the United States, Mexico, Qatar and Cyprus. The National Building Museum in Washington, DC, was host to the awards ceremony and an exhibition of selected entries. The competition drew international interest and accolades from industry insiders and beyond. The competition was sponsored by Potomac Valley Brick, brick industry leaders and endorsed by several chapters of the US Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects.
Jury participants and award program speakers included:
- Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Melon Architecture Professor
- Garth Rockcastle, University of Maryland School of Architecture Dean and Architecture Professor Kara Johnson,
- IDEO Material Scientist
- Martin Vachon, AXIM Director of Marketing
- William Browning, Terrapin Bright Green Partner
- Anna Dyson, Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology, Director
- Alan Short, Cambridge University Professor
Doo Consulting Role: Doo Consulting was the creator and project manager of the BrickStainable initiative.