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January 11, 2011 – Des Moines, Iowa - QA Graphics' Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard has been named a top green building product for the second year in a row for Environmental Design + Construction and Sustainable Facility magazines’ annual 2010 Readers Choice Awards.

Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C) and Sustainable Facility magazines’ third annual Readers Choice Awards competition was an online contest that allowed both manufacturers and readers the opportunity to showcase and vote for, respectively, the crème de la crème of green building products that best combine sustainable attributes with ease of use and installation.  The contest reviewed green building products within nine different categories including: framing/structural, daylighting, energy conservation, exterior products/design, water conservation, interior products/design, software, energy systems and mechanical.  The winners were announced at the U.S. Green Building Council’s® Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Chicago on Nov. 16.   QA Graphics’ Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard was named the top Energy Conservation product for the second year in a row.

The Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED) is an educational tool used to display real-time building performance data.  By integrating the EEED with the building’s control system, real-time resource is shown in an easy to understand format, letting facility managers quickly review consumption patterns. And by sharing this data with occupants, they too can be motivated to join in the organization’s conservation efforts. Typically displayed online or on a touchscreen in a building lobby, the EEED is used to educate about an organization’s sustainable initiatives though interactive quizzes, animated demonstrations and environment tips on how everyone can help make their building more efficient.
“We’re thrilled to have been honored with this award for a second year,” said Dan McCarty, president of QA Graphics. “We continue to receive positive feedback within the industry on how the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard helps organizations’ energy efficiency efforts.  We’re also excited to share that the solution has recently hit the 500 mark for the number of buildings using the user interface.”

Energy Efficiency Education Dashboards are utilized by schools, universities, restaurants, commercial businesses, government organizations and others.  The solution can help earn points towards green building certification programs, contributing towards satisfying the U.S. Green Building Council’s® Innovation in Design Green Education and Innovation in Design School as a Teaching Tool credits under LEED®, and a variety of points under The Green Building Initiative’s™ Green Globes® green building rating and assessment system.

“We are thrilled that this program can honor such unique products, such as the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard, that contribute to optimizing energy and sustainability in the built environment,” says Michelle Hucal, LEED AP, associate publisher of ED+C and SF. “With such an emphasis on energy efficiency these days, I'm sure our readers find it so impressive because this technology allows occupants to understand sustainability through easy-to-understand graphical representation, and, of course, it’s potential to contribute to LEED and Green Globes points.”
QA Graphics and the other 2010 winners are featured in each magazine and online at www.EDCmag.com and www.SustainableFacility.com during January/February.  In addition to this top green building product award, the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard was also named a 2010 Top 10 Green Building Product by award-winning independent news source Sustainable Industries earlier in the year. Sustainable Industries’ Top 10 Green Building Products guide is an annual publication profiling industry-leading green building products selected by a panel of expert judges and Sustainable Industries’ editorial team. Learn more about this top green building product at http://www.qagraphics.com/eeed.

About QA Graphics
QA Graphics is an innovative graphic development company specializing in the green building industry.  The company is an industry leader in the design of graphical user interfaces (GUI) and award-winning energy education dashboards used to showcase organizations’ building performance and sustainable initiatives.  QA Graphics also provides comprehensive creative services including graphic outsourcing, 3D design/animation, drafting, interactive content and website development.  Visit www.qagraphics.com to learn more.


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