AIA/COTE Announce Top Ten Green Projects of 2011

The holidays are here, and 2012 will be here before we know it. Around this time, companies and organizations in every industry begin compiling “best of” lists for the year. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have just released their list of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2011.

The 2011 Top Ten Award Winners were chosen based on outstanding achievement in ten different measures and supporting metrics. These included:

  1. Intent & Innovation
  2. Community
  3. Site
  4. Bioclimatic Design
  5. Light & Air
  6. Water
  7. Energy
  8. Materials
  9. Long Life
  10. Feedback

The winners are located from California to British Columbia, and include:

  1. Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Pending LEED Platinum certification, this market-rate housing project features cross-ventilation, thermal convection, an owner-controlled double-façade system and more.
  2. First Unitarian Society Meeting House, Madison, WI. Part of a National Historic Landmark, this house was constructed adhering to the congregation’s deeply-held environmental values.
  3. Greensburg Schools/Kiowa County Schools, Greensburg, KS. After a devastating tornado destroyed its town and schools, the new facilities were built to maximize daylight and natural ventiliation.
  4. High Tech High Chula Vista, Chula Vista, CA. This unique public charter school was built with sustainable design attributes that make the most of its surrounding environment.
  5. Livestrong Foundation, Austin, TX. The relatively new building occupies an old, 1950s-era Gulf Coast Paper Co. (GPC ) space. The building was outfitted with concrete tilt-walls, and overcame many hurdles to implement sustainable elements.
  6. LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia, WA. You won’t see another sewage treatment plant like this. LOTT provides Class A reclaimed water and emphasizes water conservation through a strong community outreach program.
  7. OS House, Racine, WI. One of the first LEED Platinum homes in the Upper Midwest, OS House is energy-efficient and was built to make the best possible use of natural resources.
  8. Research Support Facility, Golden, CO. Part of the Department of Energy (DOE), this facility is “meant to serve as a blueprint for a net-zero energy future and influence others in the building industry to pursue low energy and net-zero energy performance.”
  9. Step Up on 5th, Santa Monica, CA. This mixed-use project features 46 studio apartments, and has a density of 258 dwelling units/acre, exceeding the average density of Manhattan by over 10%.
  10. Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver, B.C. This LEED Canada Platinum-certified building’s design “presented an opportunity to fully engage the urban ecosystem at the intersection of a vibrant downtown core and one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America.”

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