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2018 Building Excellence Awards

Winners are to be Announced on February 27, 2018 at the SIPA Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, FL

Click here to preview the 38 entries in this years' competition

Meet the Judges:


Chris Fennell — COO at Institute for Building Technology and Safety. Chris formerly was VP at NAHB Research Center and President of Building Insight, a marketing/research firm.


Ron Jones: Green Builder Magazine (builder, previously on NAHB and USGBC boards, also developed the 1st NAHB/ICC ANSI Green Building Standard).


Sam Rashkin: Chief Architect with the DOE and runs the Zero Energy Ready Home Program (formerly, Challenge Home and Energy Star Homes).

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is hosting the sixteenth annual Building Excellence Awards to recognize association members that build exemplary projects using structural insulated panels (SIPs). The competition allows SIPA members  to showcase their best work while demonstrating  the design flexibility, sustainability and energy  efficiency possible with SIP construction. Two new award categories have been added this year! 

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Design and structural engineering innovation.
  • Creative use of SIP construction.
  • Environmental sustainability.

New High Performance Category criteria:

  • Projects can compete both here and in specific building type category.
  • Only features pertaining to eco-efficiency,  health, resilience, and renewable energy are considered here.
  • Energy efficiency (quantified by HERS Index, blower door and other data).

Award Categories:

  • High Performance (any size or use category - judged only on  special High Performance features or certifications - new in 2018).
  • Single Family ‘Small House’ under 900 sq. ft. (new in 2018).
  • Single Family Homes over 3,000 sq. ft.
  • Single Family Homes under 3,000 sq. ft.
  • Multifamily
  • Agricultural
  • Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Buildings under 10,000 sq. ft.
  • Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Buildings over 10,000 sq. ft.
  • Renovations (residential or commercial, includes additions and retrofit insulated panels).
  • Affordable Housing (excludes multifamily, home ownership cost must be at or below 30% of median income for location)

Who is Eligible?

  • The submitting company must be a current SIPA member in good standing.
  • Structural insulated panels must be used on a minimum of 50% of the building envelope, determined by square footage of exterior walls and roof.
  • The SIPs used on the project must be provided by a SIPA member manufacturer.
  • Installers, designers or other parties involved in the project who are not SIPA members will not be recognized in awards materials. However, builders or architects may apply for membership with their entry, but must be full members in good standing prior to the closing date for the entry to receive recognition.
  • Project must be completed between January 1, 2017 and  December 31, 2017 Winning Entries.
  • One winner will be chosen from each category. From the category winners, an Overall Competition Winner and a Runner-Up will  be named.
  • Judges may hand out Honorable Mentions at their discretion.
  • Winners will be recognized at the 2018 SIPA Annual Meeting &  Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • SIPA will promote the winning entries on the SIPA website and  issue a press release to outside media.


  • Member companies may make multiple entries, but a separate  entry form must be completed for each entry (except for same project also submitted to High Performance category).
  • SIPA has the right to use the photos to promote SIPs to the  construction industry.  All entries will be displayed on the  SIPA website.
  • The deadline for entries is January 10, 2018. All entries must be  received at the SIPA office on or before that date.



2017 Winners were announced at the
SIPA Annual Meeting in Austin,Texas
February 20-22, 2017

The full complement of winners, by category, are posted below. 

SIPA extends an appreciative
Thank You!
to our sponsor of the 2017 Building Excellence Awards

2017 Building Excellence Awards Winners
Many thanks to the very innovative designers, builders and SIPs manufacturers who submitted their projects for the 2017 competition.


Thanks to your 2017 competition judges:

  • Shilpa Sankaran, Executive Director, Net-Zero Energy Coalition
  • Chris Fennell, BuildingInsight, LLC
  • Archie Landreman, Regional Director North Central at Woodworks

Overall Competition
Winner - Parfitt Residence, Anacortes, WA
Runner up - Justin Residence, Mendota Heights, MN

Winner - West River Vet Clinic, Hettinger, ND
Runner-up - Dale Louwagie Shop, Cottonwood, MN

Commercial / Industrial / Institutional over 10,000 sqft
Winner - Al's Pheasant Ranch, Emery, SD

Commercial / Industrial / Institutional under 10,000sqft
Winner - Ideation Design Group, Phoenix, Az
Runner-up - TIppet Rise Fine Arts Center Olivier Barn, Fishtail, MT

No entries in 2017

Affordable Housing
Winner - Modernista House, Pompano Beach, FL
Runner-up - Tarrant County Housing, Ft Worth, TX

Single Family Houses over 3,000sqft
Winner - Parfitt Residence, Anacortes, WA
Runner-up - Fox Residence, Poteau, OK
Honorable Mention - Sony Boy Lane Residence - John's Island, SC

Single Family Houses under 3,000sqft
Winner - Justin Residence, Mendota Heights, MN
Runner-up - Ludwig Residence - Dallas, TX
Honorable Mention - Quail Bauer Project, Sioux Rapids, IA

Winner - Peace Church, Rochester, MN
Runner-up - Panama City Beachfront Renovation


Past Award Winners

2016 Building Excellence Award Winners

2015 Building Excellence Award Winners

2014 Building Excellence Award Winners

2013 Building Excellence Award Winners

2012 Building Excellence Award Winners

2011 Building Excellence Award Winners

2010 Building Excellence Award Winners

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