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EPA Announces Winners of the Second Annual Lifecycle Building Challenge

Release Date: 10/29/2008
Contact Information: Michael Mariano, Schemata Workshop, (206) 285-1589, Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203,

(Seattle, WASH. – October 29, 2008) During today’s ceremony at the WasteWise/National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Conference in Washington, D.C., EPA recognized the winners of the second annual Lifecycle Building Challenge 2 competition. Here in Seattle, Schemata Workshop, located at 1720 12th Avenue Suite #3, is being recognized as a winner in the “Building Category” for their prefabricated building.

The Schemata Workshop is assembled of prefabricated building components for optimized efficiency and minimum waste. There are two units in the building – in the first iteration the first story is an office; the second is an apartment. The building is elevated on concrete piers and cantilevers over an existing structure on-site. Only the existing building and concrete piers will remain after the building is relocated for its next lifecycle.

EPA acknowledges award winners for their innovative green building ideas that will help to reduce environmental and energy impacts of buildings and assist the building industry in the reuse of more than 100 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris sent each year to landfills in the United States. Reusing building materials also reduces the energy and greenhouse gas emissions associated with extraction, production, and transportation of new materials.

For more information about the Schemata Workshop, please visit:
Michael Mariano

For more information on the competition, the winners, and to view images, please visit the LBC2 Web sites: and the EPA Region 4 Pollution Prevention and Innovation website

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For additional information on Recycling and Reducing Waste, please see EPA HQ’s national news release "Industry Steps Up Recycling and Reducing Waste".