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Long Island, Attainable Green Home Competition
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In an attempt to promote attainable green home building United Way of Long Island, the U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter, and the Town of Babylon have teamed up for the first annual, Attainable Green Home Competition. For the purposes of this competition attainability refers to the ability of Long Island residents, of low to moderate income, to own and live in a single family home. The competition, which is open to both professionals and students, seeks to find the best home designs that use building science and common sense design to help create the next generation of high performance homes that address issues of affordability, sustainability, efficiency, and environmental design. The winning design will be built by the UWLI Youthbuild Program in conjunction with local contractors and volunteers. The U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter will assist the winning professional/team in all aspects related to LEED for Homes certification.

Professional Winner: Attainable LI House

Student Winner: Sustainable Transistions

Professional Honorable Mention: Back to Basics

Emerging Professional Honorable Mention: Sustainable Generations

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The mission of the partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council, United Way of Long Island and the Town of Babylon is to transform the way homes are built and move toward constructing LEED-certified, environmentally-responsible housing that is financially attainable, durable, energy efficient and healthy to live in. The Attainable Housing movement is a grassroots effort to combine affordable and sustainable initiatives to provide responsible housing solutions that are replicable in mature suburban communities throughout the nation.

United Way of Long Island advances the common good by investing in and developing programs that address Long Islander's critical needs in education, income/financial stability and health. The Youth Build program is a free youth and community-development program, and alternative school, that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities. Youth Build program components include Housing, Education, Job Readiness/Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training, Career Development, Leadership Development, Counseling and Graduate Services. A strong focus is placed on Green collar job opportunities in Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Weatherization, Energy Star construction, and Home Performance. Students have hands on training with the latest equipment and technology. Each year, students build an attainable green home, making housing more attainable by lowering energy and operating costs while increasing occupant comfort and health.

The USGBC-Long Island Chapters core purpose is to mirror and advance that of the US Green Building Council locally; to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The USGBC-LI is committed to working with our fellow Long Islanders to improve our quality of life by improving the quality of the structures we build, and the environment in which we all live, work, and play. We are committed to leaving the world a little better than we found it so that future generations have an unfettered opportunity to do the same.

The Town of Babylon, under the leadership of Supervisor Steve Bellone, has been nationally recognized for its groundbreaking sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, including requiring LEED certification for all new commercial buildings, EnergyStar requirements for new homes and the Long Island Green Homes program, the first municipally financed retrofit program to address energy efficiency in the nation. Babylon recently received a grant from the US Green Building Council for Wyandanch Rising, a LEED ND project in downtown Wyandanch intended to transform an economically distressed community into the greenest in New York.  By removing financial and economic barriers to sustainability the Town of Babylon continues to prove that the greening of neighborhoods is the greatest investment a community can make.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Professional: Individuals or teams may enroll in the competition it is, however, required that at least one member of the team hold a current New York State professional license (ie. Registered Architect or Professional Engineer). Staff members and immediate family members of the Town of Babylon, USGBC Long Island, and United Way of Long Island are not eligible to enter the competition. Individuals and teams are welcome to submit as many designs as they wish but each design must be treated as a separate entry.

Student: All students, either individuals or teams, may enter the competition. Student entrants and team leaders, which must be identified, must provide proof of current enrollment in school. It is encouraged that students work with a faculty member or other school representative or, at a minimum a professional, to help develop their design and meet all the requirements of the competition as listed below. Students/teams will be limited to a single entry into the competition.

Emerging Professional: Individuals or teams that don’t fall into one of the above categories are welcome to enter the competition under the Emerging Professional category. Entrants without experience or an education in design or a related field are encouraged to work with design and/or construction professionals. Emerging professionals/teams will be limited to a single entry into the competition.

Registration & Fees:

Registration for the Competition will open on 9:00 am EDT January 31, 2011 and be open till 11:59 pm EDT May 27, 2011. Registration fees for the professional category will be $75 for early registration and $100 thereafter per entry, student registration is $10 per entry, Emerging professionals/teams registration is $25.


January 18, 2011 Announcement of competition
January 25, 2011 Press conference announcing competition
January 31, 2011 Registration Opens
March 18, 2011 Early registration closes
April 15, 2011 Deadline for submittal of questions regarding competition
May 6, 2011 All questions and answers to be posted on competition website
May 27, 2011 Registration Closes
June 17, 2011 Design submittal deadline
August 2011 Announcement of winner(s)
October 25, 2011 Awards Dinner/Event
October 26, 2011 Ground breaking
December 16, 2011 Ribbon Cutting


All winners, both professional and student, will be invited to attend and designs will be featured at an Awards Dinner where all winners will be announced and presented with awards. The official competition website, and all related publications will feature the designs as well. Additional prizes will be awarded as follows:


  • A single first place winner will be awarded and will receive prize of $10,000
  • Additional Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the judges and will receive a cash prize.
  • Sponsorship Category Awards to be announced and will be awarded a cash prize.

Emerging Professional:

Prizes in the emerging professional category will be awarded at the discretion of the judges and may include the following:

  • A single first place winner will receive prize of $1,000
  • Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
  • Sponsorship Category Awards to be announced and will be awarded a scholarship.


Prizes in the student category will be awarded at the discretion of the judges and may include the following:

  • A single first place winner will receive prize of $500
  • Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
  • Sponsorship Category Awards to be announced and will be awarded a scholarship.

List of Judges

Judges are currently being considered, check back soon for a complete list. All registrants to the competition will receive notification when judges are confirmed.

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Competition Details

  • Name: Attainable Long Island
  • Host: USGBC-LI
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline: May 27, 2011
  • Submission Deadline: June 17, 2011
  • Entry Fee: $100 USD Professionals , $10 USD Students , $25 USD Emerging Professionals
  • Award: $10,000 / Scholarship
  • Status: Judging Underway