Who picks the winner?
The winner is chosen by a panel of distinguished experts in the fields of green building and renewable energy. The judges themselves are chosen by the Zero Net Energy Building Award advisory committee based on their years of experience and their understanding of energy-efficient building design, energy-efficient mechanical systems, and the marketplace.
Announcement of winner
The winner is revealed at NESEA’s annual BuildingEnergy conference and trade show, in March.
Payment of prize
The cash award of $10,000 will be disbursed in one payment to the designated primary contact for the winning team.
Meet the judges for 2013
The judges have been selected for their reputation, knowledge, and understanding of this field. The Zero Net Energy Building Award advisory committee has complete faith in them and will support them in any way they can.
Martine Dion, Director of Sustainable Design, SMMA Associates
Jacquelynn Henke, Vice President, Real Estate Green Strategy Officer, TD Bank
Phil Kaplan, Principal, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Director of Sustainable Design, SMMA Associates
Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect and Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA with twenty
years of experience. She is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design
and LEED consulting services to clients. Ms. Dion has been in charge of the implementation and
coordination of sustainable design practices for the firm for the past twelve years and has largely
contributed to its consolidation across the firm’s A&E disciplines. She has completed LEED projects
and multiple school projects under the LEED for Schools, MA-CHPS and NE-CHPS certification. She is
the chairperson of SMMA’s Sustainable Design and Energy Efficiency Services. She has contributed to
the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment, to the Massachusetts State’s Roundtable Action
Plan for Green Buildings, the Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Task Force, as well
as the Federal DOE Zero Net Energy Task Force. She recently took part of the workgroup overseeing
the new MA Stretch Code, as well as the original and new NBI Advanced Buildings Core Performance
Guidelines. She is also a contributor to the Health Product Declaration Initiative and trained under the
Living Building Challenge program.
Ms. Dion has made several presentations on sustainable design and LEED projects in the US, Canada,
and Asia. She is a frequent speaker to client groups, facilities managers, community officials, and
planning committees on sustainable design and energy efficiency. She has been a guest lecturer on
sustainable design, sustainable materials and renewable energy at Rhode Island School of Design
(RISD), Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts
(UMass). She has contributed to numerous articles on the topic.
Martine is a founding Director of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and sits on the USGBC MA Green
Vice President, Real Estate Green Strategy Officer, TD Bank
In her role, Jackie oversees the environmental strategy of TD Bank’s real estate division from
Maine to Florida, which includes contributing her expertise in the design and construction of the bank’s
new stores and implementing operations that reduce the bank’s environmental impact. She also oversees
the LEED certification process for qualifying TD stores and offices.
Jackie’s efforts also span TD’s operations across North America. In addition to her responsibilities
with TD Bank, she is currently developing a green buildings program for the bank. The new program
will provide guidelines on the design, construction, operation and renovation of TD’s retail and
corporate real estate portfolios to create energy-efficient facilities.
Jackie has extensive experience in sustainability, real estate and business. Prior to joining
TD Bank, she was the sustainability manager and senior project manager for Harvard University’s
Allston Development Group, where she guided the sustainability aspects of the school’s
Allston campus expansion. She also previously worked for Colliers Meredith & Grew
and Turner Construction.
Jackie earned a Bachelor of Science in architectural design, a Master of Architecture
and a Master of Science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Principal, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Born and raised in Baltimore, Phil attended Boston University, received his B.Arch.
(with Psychology Minor) from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1991, and
moved to Maine in 1997. He is a Registered Architect, a member of the AIA and a LEED
Accredited Professional. He has practiced all phases of architecture design and
some general contracting, with projects throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
His work has received numerous accolades including the US Green Building Council’s LEED
for Homes Innovative Project Award in 2009, as well as Treehugger’s Single Family Project
of the Year, One of Eco-Home’s “6 Houses That Could Change Home Building” and 2 Maine AIA
Awards of Excellence. His projects have been published in books and magazines, including The
New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, and NPR and shown on HGTV and France 24.
He is also a co-founder of the Portland Society of Architects, a community design advocacy
group in Portland, Maine. The program he founded with the PSA in 2006, “10-Minute Architect”,
gathers architects together twice a year to provide free services for community members in
order to demystify the process of working with an architect and give back to the city.
With a design + building science bent, Phil’s ‘edutainment’ podcast, Green Architects’ Lounge,
is a topical blog on the website, Green Building Advisor. Occasionally featured on Fine
Homebuilding’s email feed, the podcast is attracting a national following.
Phil has served as exhibition juror and guest critic, as well as Adjunct Professor of
Architecture at the University of Maine at Augusta, and Deep Energy Retrofit teacher at
the Yestermorrow School. He has served on the board of directors of the Holocaust and
Human Rights Center in Augusta, Maine and as Co-curator of a traveling exhibition for the
internationally recognized Center For Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine
called Getting Personal: Maine Architects Design Furniture.
He is a resident of Falmouth, Maine and has stayed active in his community by serving
on the Green Ribbon Commission and Facilities Planning Committee. He served as general
contractor on and currently lives in “Barn Door’s Open” (featured on the Projects page
of our website) with his wife, Masey, and his 2 sons, Owen (11) and Satchel (8).
When not working or spending time with his family, Phil enjoys biking, being near – or in – just
about any body of water, DJing for whoever will listen, and pitifully reminiscing about
his long-gone glory days as a lacrosse hero.