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McNab wins BetterBricks energy champion award

July 19, 2011


Thomas McNab of the MSU School of Architecture was one of five winners of the NorthwestEnergy Efficiency Alliance BetterBricks awards for energy champions in Montana.   High-Res Available

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Thomas E. McNab, director of the Community Design Center in the Montana State University School of Architecture, was a recent winner of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's 2011 BetterBricks Awards for energy champions in Montana.

McNab was honored for advocating sustainable strategies in the design and construction of projects in Montana and Wyoming.

The MSU Community Design Center is in its 35th year of providing vision, planning and conceptual design to non-profit organizations, tribal entities and government agencies.

The BetterBricks Awards, a commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, are given to people behind the commercial projects that offer improved energy efficiency, bottom line benefits and a reduced carbon footprint.

The organization said that as director of the Community Design Center, "(McNab) is in a unique position to advocate for sustainable strategies in the design and construction of projects in Montana and Wyoming."
The award praised him for addressing State of Montana Building Code officials to discuss code implications for sustainable buildings and the introduction or updating of the officials' knowledge of LEED 2009.

The organization also credited McNab for directing CDC students' production of an energy study for the Forsyth Municipal Pool, recommendation of sustainable strategies that helped guide the Montana State Fund in achieving LEED Gold certification for their headquarters building in Helena, and for partnering with the National Park Service to explore the Living Building Challenge criteria for the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area visitor center in Lovell, Wyo.

Other recipients of the BetterBricks awards were architect Eric Simonsen, of A&E Architects of Billings who is also a graduate of the MSU School of Architecture, Don Clark of the City of Helena and Richard Whitney of Billings and Ken Phillips of the Montana State Building Energy Program of Helena.

Tom McNab (406) 994-3793, tmcnab@montana.edu