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Natural Talent Design Competition challenges young professionals to develop green homes for northern Minnesota

The Minnesota Chapter of U.S.

The Minnesota Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is holding the fourth annual Natural Talent Design Competition, inviting entries for an energy-efficient home in Proctor, Minn., under USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum criteria.

The 2011 competition challenges participants to design a 1,800 square feet home on a budget of $150,000, which includes both materials and labor. The winning designs will help serve as models for forthcoming residential construction in northern Minnesota.

courtesy of U.S. Green Building Council – Minnesota Chapter

College students and young professionals with five years or less of professional experience can participate in the contest, which was developed to facilitate green building collaboration between aspiring architects and designers with the Minnesota chapter and the professional community. Participants will work in tandem with mentors, including project check-ins and professional development. The current registration fee is $25.

The last date for submitting designs to the Emerging Leaders Committee is July 15, 2011. View the registration form and instructions.

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The top three entries will be announced in August 2011; the first place winner will receive $1,500 in cash or a $2,500 scholarship to Greenbuild, as well as a chance to build the winning design.

View the program summary for a detailed explanation of the competition, a schedule, eligibility requirements and judging criteria. For more information, visit 2011 Natural Talent Design Competition.