Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mazria lands national green building award

Santa Fe architect Ed Mazria is this year’s winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. The award is sponsored by The Hanley Foundation, EcoHome magazine and Hanley Wood LLC, a media and information company in Washington, D.C., that serves the housing and construction industries.

Mazria was selected from 18 nominees and will receive the award and a $50,000 grant at the U.S. Greenbuilding Council’s Hanley Award Dinner Nov. 12 during the USGBC international conference and expo in Phoenix. Mazria has had a powerful impact on sustainable housing for more than 35 years, said Michael J. Hanley, president of The Hanley Foundation and creator of the Hanley Award. “He has influenced innovative advances in design and technology through his creative architecture, energetic teaching and groundbreaking writing,” Hanley said in a press release.

Mazria’s book, The Passive Solar Energy Book, was published in 1979 and his work laid the foundation for siting, energy efficiency and passive solar design, said officials with the competition.

He suspended his architecture practice in 2002 to form Architecture 2030 in 2002, a nonprofit environmental research and education organization in Santa Fe. His research has shown that buildings are responsible for half of all U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, according to Hanley officials.

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