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  1. Have a question about your Design Awards submittal? We’re here to help! E-mail awards@aiacc.org and AIACC staff will post the most Frequently Asked Questions here.
  2. Q: How do I know I am registered?
  3. Q. How do I locate my Entry Number?
  4. Q: Should my entry be a single file, multi-page pdf or 20 separate pdf files?
  5. Q. Since the page limit is now up to 20 pages, does this alter the 8MB maximum for submissions?
  6. Q: Can I include the project name in my entry?
  7. Q. Can I include the name of the client in my submission?
  8. Q. As far as maintaining the anonymity of the project, how should we deal with signage? We are entering a project and the building/structure has its name on it.
  9. Q. If a building is located on a college campus, should we not reference the campus name either?
  10. Q: Can I add more information to the first page of my entry?
  11. Q: Is there an image limit? Can I include captions?
  12. Q: Might you offer some suggestions on how to fill out the Performance Data Worksheet?
  13. Q: Do I have to include the PERF-1C or CF-1R forms?
  14. Q: The Energy, Water and Resource Efficient Design Metrics requirement is not something as a residential architect we would be able to complete. This form and information requested is clearly directed towards commercial projects where data is being collected and clients are willing to invest money for LEED certification and other energy saving programs.
  15. Q. Are we allowed to change the colors of the cells on the Performance Data Worksheet from the green & yellow provided so that we can have a color scheme that better matches with our submittal/s?
  16. Q: My project is in California. Can I crop out the Projects Outside of California part of the Performance Data Metrics so that I can condense the paperwork, which in turn will allow me to have another free page for the 20 page submission minimum? Vice-a-versa: my project is outside of California. Can I crop out the Projects in California part of the Performance Data Metrics so that I can condense paperwork for the aforementioned reason?
  17. Q: I am submitting a project for the Historic Preservation category. Do I still need to fill out the Performance Data form?
  18. Q. I am submitting for the Urban Design Awards or the Small Projects Award. Do I still need to fill out the Performance Data form?
  19. Q. Do you care if our images are oriented vertically or horizontally?

Have a question about your Design Awards submittal? We’re here to help! E-mail awards@aiacc.org and AIACC staff will post the most Frequently Asked Questions here. *

 

Q: How do I know I am registered? *

A: We will be using Cadmium CD again for the Awards Programs in 2017. Please note that once you have created a profile and entered your project name you are registered. All tasks must be completed in order to have your submission accepted. Also, in 2014, we started requiring the Performance Data worksheet with all submittals. We learned a great deal about the process, and have made improvements to the form. We understand the complexity of trying to present metrics for different building types and are happy to help you.


Q. How do I locate my Entry Number? *

A: Your “Entry Number” is actually your “Abstract ID Number.” To find your Abstract ID Number, you must first register. The registration link is found at the top and bottom of our Design Awards submittal guidelines page. Click on the link, then click on the “Join Now” button to begin your first submission. Upon joining, you will be emailed an access code which will allow you to access your submittal at any time prior to the due date. Whenever you access your submittal, you will see a number at the top labeled “Abstract ID.” That is the number that you will be utilizing. Note: each individual submission has its own Abstract ID Number.


Q: Should my entry be a single file, multi-page pdf or 20 separate pdf files? *

A: Please make sure you turn in only two files: one 20-pg PDF entry and one Concealed ID document in Word format.


Q. Since the page limit is now up to 20 pages, does this alter the 8MB maximum for submissions? *

A: No: each entry still may not exceed 8MB.


Q: Can I include the project name in my entry? *

A: No. The first page of your entry should only include:

  • Two-sentence summary of the project
  • One graphic (only one) which is clear and best represents the project.
  • Basic project information: category/subcategory, building type, completion date, budget (if available), and location.

Q. Can I include the name of the client in my submission? *

A: Yes, unless you are your own client. In this case, please exclude your name and your firm name.


Q. As far as maintaining the anonymity of the project, how should we deal with signage? We are entering a project and the building/structure has its name on it. *

A: If the project you are entering has its exact name on a sign, wall, overpass, door, or anything of that nature, there is nothing that you can do about it. If you attempted to white out or to blur the graphic, it would obviously distort any corresponding pictures, and would be aesthetically unpleasing to a Juror. When we talk about anonymity, we are speaking about anything that is written out (i.e. in the Project Narrative). The Firm Name or Project Name should not be written out anywhere on the submission.


Q. If a building is located on a college campus, should we not reference the campus name either? *

A: No, you should not reference the campus name on your submittal. Speak very broadly, using terms such as “the college,” “the campus,” “the institution,” “the University,” etc. As stated in the above Question, if the campus name is on one of the buildings/walls/benches/structures/stadiums, etc., you cannot do anything to change the name visibility. Just make sure to maintain the level of anonymity within your writing.


Q: Can I add more information to the first page of my entry? *

A: There should be no mention of either Firm or project name.


Q: Is there an image limit? Can I include captions? *

A: You may submit up to 10 images. You may caption the images, but limit the description to 1-2 sentences.


Q: Might you offer some suggestions on how to fill out the Performance Data Worksheet? *

A: We suggest using, to the best degree you are able, the Project Narrative to describe the sustainability intent and features of the design which carry that out. The annotated diagram or section, will also be very useful to describe intent (such as siting, solar exposure, wind, natural or man-made water features).

As to the worksheet itself:

  • Section I. Energy Efficiency – Fill in the code year being used for the project, and using the T24 compliance form for your project, enter the EUI for minimum code compliance (under Metric-applicable) and the project’s modeled code compliance (under Metric-Goal); this information, along with the Percent Savings will appear on the project’s PERF-1C, Part 2 of 3. Refer to the provided example PERF-1C on the Submission Guidelines page.
  • Section II – Renewable Energy & Net Energy Use– Under the Modeled or Actual Data question, please elaborate on your answer, instead of providing a simple “yes” or “no.”
  • Section III. Water Use & Reuse – Fill in the matrix per all sustainability goals. Also, refer to CalGreen standards for your submission.

If you have goals for Section II, describe them in your narrative and show them on your annotated diagram.


Q: Do I have to include the PERF-1C or CF-1R forms? *

A: No! We included these forms as a sample of what can be used to find information needed to fill out the new Performance Data Worksheet.


Q: The Energy, Water and Resource Efficient Design Metrics requirement is not something as a residential architect we would be able to complete. This form and information requested is clearly directed towards commercial projects where data is being collected and clients are willing to invest money for LEED certification and other energy saving programs. *

A: The residential Site EUI (Energy Use Intensity) needs to be for a whole house situation and needs to include lighting, appliances, and photovoltaics. 2008 T24 compliance protocols for Additions and Alterations does not consider the whole house. The California Energy Commission developed an EUI rating system that does this, called HERSII rating. The HERSII rating is the EUI of the proposed design divided by the EUI of Reference Design (2008 T24 compliant). You may use the HERSII rating for as well.

Using the Title 24 Compliance documents and the software that created them, plus the utility company load information for your project, please try this method of obtaining an EUI for your residential project:

Residential projects designed with CA 2010 T24, Site EUI (Energy Use Intensity) should include lighting, appliances, and photovoltaics, if possible, and 2010 T24 has incorporated this approach in the form of the HERS II rating system, developed by the California Energy Commission. The HERS II rating is the EUI of the proposed design divided by the EUI of Reference Design (2008 T24 compliant). If your project is in California and designed with CA 2010 T24, please include your HERS II score (0 – 100) based on your Title 24 compliance model. (If you do not have actual performance numbers for lighting and appliances, use the default values.)


Q. Are we allowed to change the colors of the cells on the Performance Data Worksheet from the green & yellow provided so that we can have a color scheme that better matches with our submittal/s? *

A: Yes, as along as the new colors allow the written verbiage and terminology to still be readable.


Q: My project is in California. Can I crop out the Projects Outside of California part of the Performance Data Metrics so that I can condense the paperwork, which in turn will allow me to have another free page for the 20 page submission minimum? Vice-a-versa: my project is outside of California. Can I crop out the Projects in California part of the Performance Data Metrics so that I can condense paperwork for the aforementioned reason? *

A: Yes, you may take out one of those two sections within the Energy Efficiency portion if you would like to save space.


Q: I am submitting a project for the Historic Preservation category. Do I still need to fill out the Performance Data form? *

A: Yes, you still have to fill out this form. All projects submitted for the Design Awards need to fill out this form, regardless of the location. If something doesn’t apply to your project, you can either leave the area blank, put “N/A”, put in an asterisk and explain in another section, or write in “See Narrative.” Your Project Narrative will help your Firm explain the intricate parts of your submittal, and why certain identifiers may or may not apply to your project.


Q. I am submitting for the Urban Design Awards or the Small Projects Award. Do I still need to fill out the Performance Data form? *

A: Yes. Please reference the answer above.


Q. Do you care if our images are oriented vertically or horizontally? *

A: No, as long as your images are at least 8″x10″ at 300 dpi, the orientation is up to you. However, for publication purposes it is helpful if you include a mix of both vertical and horizontal images in the event your project wins.