Buzz Surrounding Generation Kingspan™ Student Architectural Design Competition Prompts Kingspan to Raise Total Scholarship Prizes to $15,000

July 30, 2012

DELAND, Fla. – July 27, 2012 – Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, a global manufacturer of insulated metal panels for building construction, announced today bigger prizes will be offered for the Generation Kingspan™ Architecture Student Contest. The contest encourages U.S. and Canadian students to create an innovative, Net-Zero Energy, and low-impact environmentally designed building using Kingspan’s Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) and reflecting Kingspan’s sustainable corporate philosophy.

The contest starts August 1, 2012, and will culminate with a Grand Prize winner selection in November at the Greenbuild 2012 International Conference and Exposition in San Francisco. The competition merges the benefits of a juried expert panel review with the wisdom of the crowd -- with one winner determined by the judging panel and another winner determined by voting on the Generation Kingspan on-line design community. Both winners will receive an internship at an architecture firm, a $5,000 scholarship and a $1,000 cash prize. The top designs will then compete for exhibit floor votes at Greenbuild to determine the grand prize winner, who will be awarded an additional $5,000 toward their scholarship and a high spec laptop with a design software package valued at $5,000.

The Crowd-Vote Contest. All submissions will be reviewed first by online voters visiting and participating on the contest website. Online reviewers will have the ability to assign badges to designs based on the three key elements of the design competition: 1. Design/Vision, 2. Sustainability, and 3. Energy Efficiency. In addition, commenting capabilities will enable students, expert voters and entrants to discuss the designs for crowd-sourced learning opportunities. The on-line community winner will be based on the design that accumulates the most badges.

Submissions for Generation Kingspan must be received by October 31, 2012. To learn more about the competition, register online and download materials, visit http://www.generationkingspan.com.

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