Natural Talent Design Competition 

The U.S. Green Building Council South and Central Florida Chapters’ Emerging Professionals Committees are seeking entries for the 2015 Natural Talent Design Competition (NTDC). This year’s NTDC will focus on the LEEDv4 for Healthcare rating system. Successful proposals ultimately will support a national movement for designing healthcare facilities that not only heal humans, but also the environment around them.

The NTDC provides an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability, innovation and social consciousness, all of which are components of the LEED Green Building Rating System. The competition is directed toward the notion that a sustainable future must incorporate the sustainable design of structures of every type. The challenge exists in identifying how the planned structures within our cities can prove to have the greatest potential.

Sustainable healthcare design is increasingly seen as a logical extension of a healthcare organization’s mission to care for people -- to “First Do No Harm.” At the most immediate level, sustainable design is about providing an enhanced healing environment focused on stress reduction, safety and high indoor environmental quality for patients, their care providers, and families.

NOTE:  The 2015 NTDC has been postponed and the dates noted below are no longer applicable. For more information, contact  

NTDC Deadlines

Competition Reference Documents

Exemplary Performance Design Guides


Competition Prizes

1st Place
«  For each member of the First Place team, registration to attend Greenbuild 2015 (travel expenses not included).

2nd Place
«  For each member of the Second Place team, registration for LEED Green Associate course and exam-prep materials.

3rd Place
«  For each member of the Third Place team, full year membership in your local USGBC Chapter.

NOTE: All Finalists submissions will be presented to Baptist Health South Florida for consideration of implementation. Submissions will also be utilized as a guideline to “LEED” the way for more sustainable healthcare in Florida.

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