Tribal SIPS Project Receives USGBC Project of the Year and International SEED Award

Tribal SIPS Project Receives USGBC Project of the Year and International SEED Award

Puyallup Tribal Longhouse

The Puyallup Tribal Longhouse, a multifamily housing project on the Puyallup Tribe reservation in Tacoma, WA is receiving international recognition this month.  By utilizing advanced technologies, such as Premier structural insulated panels (SIPS), architect Environmental Works was able to impressively integrate both cultural and environmental responsibility into the tribal project to meet the goals set by the Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority….”space that reflects culture”.

The innovative longhouse project is the first tribal building to be certified LEED Platinum. We are honored to have our SIPS frame this project and congratulate all team members who worked to bring this to fruition.

Puyallup Tribal Longhouse


During this month’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo’s Residential Summit, perhaps the most anticipated honors throughout the week, the 2012 LEED for Homes Awards were presented. Nate Kredich, VP of Residential Market Development at the USGBC in a press release states: “This year’s leadership recipients represent a dynamic field showcasing the range of residential developments that certify under USGBC’s LEED for Homes program each year. The fact that our project of the year is an affordable housing development that achieved LEED Platinum certification is a shining example of how diversified the LEED for Homes portfolio has become.”

“This LEED Platinum certified housing project is a culturally and environmentally responsive new model for the Puyallup Tribe in the Pacific NW. It’s located on the Puyallup reservation on a hill overlooking the Puget Sound tide flats, which were traditional Puyallup tribal lands. The buildings are designed to emulate the rectangular, shed roofed form of a traditional Coast Salish longhouse using a variation of the modern townhouse courtyard building. Structural insulated panels with excellent air sealing for a well-insulated envelope, triple pane windows and ground source heat pumps for both domestic hot water and hydronic heating systems are some of the sustainable features.”

Recognizing the best in a booming sector – with LEED homes accounting for more than 20,000 residential developments – the USGBC has honoured residential developments in terms of Project of the Year Award, Single Family Project, Outstanding Multifamily Project and Outstanding Affordable Housing Project in addition to Outstanding Affordable Developer, Outstanding Production Builder and Outstanding Commitment to LEED for Homes. For a full list of 2012 award recipients visit USGBC news .


The third annual Social Economic Environmental Design Network, SEED, awards recognize excellence in social, economic and environmental design, and represent the collaborations needed to create truly sustainable projects and change in the world. Six projects were selected out of sixty-five submitted from 21 countries worldwide. The Puyallup Longhouse project is among the distinguished six awarded an international SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design.

SEED is the only design standard to use a “triple bottom line” approach to public interest design, going beyond “green design” to address all issues that challenge communities globally. The SEED Awards are organized by the Social Economic Environmental Design Network and Design Corps, a Raleigh-based non-profit design organization.

For full list of awarded projects including team members, project description and jury review, visit 2013 SEED Award Winners.



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