Design_with_benefits
The Dish

Oregon BEST Red List Challenge

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION FOR PRODUCT DESIGNERS - PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS - SEEKING TO DEVELOP ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND BUILDING MATERIALS. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 17!

At Oregon BEST FEST, the Pacific Northwest’s clean-tech innovation conference, the International Living Future Institute and Oregon BEST announced a new contest that calls on the world’s most innovative industrial designers, thinkers, and creative leaders to create vital new building materials capable of growing Oregon’s role as a green manufacturing leader.

The Oregon BEST Red List Challenge is an international design competition to create original-design building products that meet identified critical needs of Living Building Challenge™ projects, using materials drawn from the rich resources of the State of Oregon.

Abiding by the built environment's most ambitious performance standard, the Living Building Challenge™ calls for the creation of buildings that are net-zero energy, water, and waste. These buildings must be composed solely of non-toxic, sustainably sourced materials and must be beautiful and inspiring to the people who inhabit them. The Challenge includes a Materials Red List, which prohibits the use of ‘worst in class’ chemicals or materials. The Red List is intended to spur a sea change within the building materials industry by creating demand for healthy, environmentally sound materials.

Product designers worldwide - both professionals and students - are eligible for the Oregon Best Red List Challenge. Registered teams will conceive, develop, and produce a prototype of a Living Building Challenge Red List compliant product. The competition will take place in two phases:

In phase 1 of the competition, teams will submit design boards and documentation demonstrating their performance according to the selected criteria.

In phase 2, Finalists will be chosen from Phase One Submissions and will be asked to produce a prototype to demonstrate feasibility. Each Finalist will partner with an Oregon-based company to assist with prototyping, and Oregon BEST will provide a small stipend (no more than $3,000) for costs of materials and equipment rental necessary for producing the prototype. In addition, Oregon BEST will accept applications for product testing support if Oregon BEST laboratory network facilities are used.

Products will be measured against standards of marketability, affordability, market need, and appropriate sourcing, among others.

Online registration opened on October 1st and is open until December 17th. Winners will be announced at Oregon BEST Fest in September 2013.

More info here.