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AIA names top ten sustainable buildings of 2013

4 June 2013 No Comment

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named its top ten sustainable buildings of 2013.

The honours, which are in their 17th year, come as part of the COTE Top Ten Green Projects programme. The list aims to recognise “sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.” It recognizes all sorts of green buildings, including residential, commercial and institutional buildings, including schools, visitor centres and research facilities.

Federal Center South

Image source via Benjamin Benschneider

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Winners of the awards included New Norris House, in Tennessee, Charles David Keeling Apartments, California, Clock Shadow Building, Wisconsin, Federal Centre South Building 1202, Washington and the Marin County Day School Learning Resource Centre and Courtyard in California, according to aiatopten.org.

There was also a ‘Top Ten Plus Winner’, which was given to 355 11th Street: The Matarozzi/Pelsinger Multi-Use Building in California.

Talking about the COTE Top Ten Green Projects programme, the AIA said in a press release according to mnn.com:

“The programme celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology.”


He added:

“They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environment 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.”

The full list of the Top Ten winners can be found of the AIA’s website.

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 4 June 2013

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