Integrity launched its Red Diamond Achiever Award Program nine years ago to recognize and showcase some of the building, architecture, and remodeling community’s most extraordinary work. This year, with 110 projects submitted for review, the team of judges—among them our very own Bob Vila—selected the five finalists. Now it’s up to you. Visit Integrity Windows today—and every day until October 11, 2013—to cast your vote in the People’s Choice Awards. But first, take a look at the five finalists:
1. Brendle Group – Colorado / Greg D. Fisher, Architect
This commercial space in Fort Collins, CO, presented a daunting challenge—retrofitting and greening an existing building to reflect the values of a successful sustainability consulting firm while also adhering to a tight budget. Windows in the Integrity line provided the right glazing solution to meet this challenge, contributing significantly to the building’s LEED Gold certification, as the 25-year-old postmodern structure was completely reworked.
2. Arnold Project – North Carolina / Deltec Homes
Located in the mountain cove community of Montreat, NC, this home sits on a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat. It was erected on concrete pilings to minimize site disturbance and required a large number of windows to capture the brilliant views of the surrounding terrain. While maximizing the amount of natural light and the quality of views to the outdoors, Integrity products helped the home achieve NC Healthy Built Home designation.
3. Andrews Residence – Delaware / Burton Builders
This 1928 clinker brick Tudor-style cottage sits just three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. The owner wanted to update the home without losing the charm it had been exuding for more than 85 years. Integrity windows and doors were chosen for the project because of their ability to both match the architectural style and meet the performance requirements of a coastal environment. The brand-new casement windows, featuring a divided-lite design, successfully replicate the original look. Importantly, the home now features a two-story glass wall overlooking the outdoor living space, providing a seamless transition between home and nature.
4. Beachaus – British Columbia / Dave Debruyn, InHaus Development Ltd.
Located in White Rock, British Columbia, the Beachaus project was ambitiously designed to qualify for LEED Platinum status. The architectural goals of this highly contemporary home were to leave a small footprint and be 100 percent lit by natural daylight. Twelve-foot ceilings with wall-to-wall glass give the illusion of additional space but presented a challenge when it came to solar heat gain. Integrity’s combination of glazing options and Ultrex pultruded fiberglass helped the home meet the rigorous requirements of LEED Platinum status.
5. Wychmere Pool Bar Pavilion – Massachusetts / Gakidis & Stewart
The Wychmere pool bar pavilion is located on the sandy beaches of Harwich Port, MA. Harsh winds, storms, salt water, and the sand of this coastal location were of utmost concern when the designers were deciding which windows would be used. Integrity IZ3 IMPACT products were chosen for their durability and resistance to the corrosive effects of the climate. The windows also helped satisfy another goal of the project, creating an open and social space by bringing in increased natural light.
Visit Integrity Windows to see more images from each project—and cast your vote today! Integrity Windows and Doors is the world’s largest manufacturer of windows and doors made with Ultrex—a state-of-the-art pultruded fiberglass material. Part of the Marvin family of companies, Integrity offers a comprehensive line of products that are Built to Perform® and backed by first-class customer service.
This post has been brought to you by Integrity Windows and Doors. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.