The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.
The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 16th year, is the profession's best-known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.
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The projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, next month in Washington, D.C.
1315 Peachtree Street/Perkins+Will; Atlanta
ASU Polytechnic Academic District; Mesa, Arizona
RSP Architects and Lake Flato Architects
Chandler City Hall; Chandler, Arizona
Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate Office Building; Des Moines
Mercy Corps Global Headquarters; Portland, Oregon
Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts; Philadelphia
SMP Architects (in collaboration w/ SRK Architects)
Music and Science Building; Hood River, Oregon
Portland Community College (PCC) Newberg Center; Newberg, Oregon
Hennebery Eddy Architects
University of Minnesota Duluth - Bagley Classroom Building; Duluth, Minnesota
University of California, Merced 2009 Long Range Development Plan; Merced, California
The 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects jury includes: Clark S. Brockman, AIA, SERA Architects, Inc.; Steve L. Dumez, FAIA, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects; Scott Shell, FAIA, EHDD Architecture; Laura Lee, FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University; Paul Schwer, PAE Consulting Engineers; and Sue Barnett, Sue Barnett Sustainable Design.
All images and project descriptions provided by the AIA.