The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is accepting entries for its 2010 Pinnacle Awards competition, which now includes evaluating sustainable design elements to the criteria.

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is now accepting entries for its 2010 Pinnacle Awards competition, which includes evaluating sustainable design elements in addition to the traditional criteria of beauty, creativity, ingenuity, craftsmanship and suitability of materials. If a submitted project displays superior effort, innovation and execution towards sustainable building goals, the MIA says it would consider awarding its first MIA Pinnacle Award for Sustainable Design.

The Pinnacle Awards program is facilitated by the MIA and sponsored by MAPEI.

The 2010 Pinnacle Awards project categories will include commercial interior, commercial exterior, residential interior or exterior, and renovation/restoration. The winners will be featured in a special presentation during an awards event at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas.

The judges will select winners in the various categories and then honor the “best of the best” as the Grande Pinnacle Award Winner. The company winning this honor will then receive the elegant Grande Pinnacle Award plus a trip to Marmomacc 2011 in Verona, Italy. Marmomacc sponsors the Grande Pinnacle Award for “Best of Show.”

The entry deadline is August 6, 2010. The Pinnacle Awards are open to all MIA member companies. Project teams must include at least one MIA member company.

“Pinnacle Award winners receive tremendous exposure and recognition both domestically and around the world,” said Gary Distelhorst, executive vp of MIA. “In honoring the excellent work of MIA members, we also help design professionals see the endless possibilities of the use of natural stone in virtually any application. The MIA is committed to advancing green building ideals within the natural stone industry and hopes this year to identify a worthy project for an award.”

Complete entry information is available on the MIA website at www.marble-institute.com or by contacting the MIA at (440) 250-9222.