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The American Institute of Architects Select the 2013 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Projects showcase excellence in sustainable design principles and reduced energy consumption

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 projects will be honored at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 17th 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.

The 2013 COTE Top Ten Green Projects jury includes: Fiona Cousins, PE, Arup; Lance Hosey, AIA, RTKL; Keelan Kaiser, AIA, Judson University; Sheila Kennedy, AIA, Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd.; Rod Kruse, FAIA, BNIM Architects and Gail Vittori, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.

The descriptions below give a brief summary of the projects. You can learn more about these projects by clicking on the name of the project/firm name. If you are interested in obtaining high resolution images, please contact Matt Tinder at mtinder@aia.org.

A New Norris House by University of Tennessee

At 1008 square foot, this production house is less than half the size of the median house. “Rightsizing” reduced material and operational loads and costs, and shifted funds to quality design and construction, passive strategies and high-efficiency systems. The dormer and skylight are placed so daylight is reflected and diffused. No-VOC paint color is warm white with a punch of red-orange hidden within the swing space to produce a warm glow from reflected light. Low-E glass and translucent blinds provide further control over heat, glare and privacy. All interior rooms are daylit throughout the day. Electric lighting is integrated with cabinetry and includes low-energy LEDs.

A New Norris House by University of Tennessee

 

Charles David Keeling Apartments by KieranTimberlake

The design response was to tune the design to capitalize on the favorable environmental features, while moderating or eliminating the undesirable ones. This led to a building envelope that uses thermal mass to buffer temperature changes, minimizes solar gain, and naturally ventilates. Water scarcity is managed through a comprehensive strategy of conservation and reuse, including on-site waste water recycling. A vegetated roof, an unusual feature in this dry climate, absorbs and evaporates rain that falls on that portion of the building, with overflow directed to the courtyard retention basins.

Charles David Keeling Apartments by KieranTimberlake 

 

Clock Shadow Building by Continuum Architects + Planners 

This project cleans up a brown-field site that was difficult to develop. The continental climate provides large swings in temperature and humidity which necessitated passive strategies such as: southern facing windows with sun screens that maximize insolation of the sun during cooler months and operable windows that let cool fresh air into the building, allowing the users to effectively “turn off” the heating and cooling systems during swing months. To gain the most efficiency from the HVAC systems, the project utilizes a geo-thermal system, drilled directly below the building, which stabilizes the temperature of the conditioned water used to heat and cool the spaces.

Clock Shadow Building by Continuum Architects + Planners

 

Federal Center South Building 1202 by ZGF Architects LLP

Current energy models predict the building to operate at a “net zero capable” Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 20.3 kBtu/SF/year, performing 40 percent better than ASHRAE 2007. The building will earn an ENERGY STAR Score of 100 and comply with 2030 Challenge goals. The project is one of the first in the region to use structural piles for geothermal heating and cooling, as well as a phase change thermal storage tank. Two new products, chilled sails and open office lighting, were developed and manufactured specifically for this project to help achieve aggressive energy targets. To optimize the use of the available reclaimed timbers, the team designed, tested, and constructed the first wood composite beam system in the U.S.

Federal Center South Building 1202 by ZGF Architects LLP

 

Marin Country Day School by EHDD

Around 95 percent of spaces are daylit and naturally ventilated. Night time operation of the cooling tower and an underground water tank provide active thermal storage, for daytime cooling. The design of the building envelope includes air tightness detailing and the use of fire treated wood stud framing to minimize thermal bridging. To provide an excellent thermal envelope, walls were constructed with 2×8 and 2×10 wood studs (rather than conventional steel studs) to minimize thermal bridging and provide ample insulation. This building is designed to achieve an EUI of 6.74 kbtu/sf/yr including the energy generated by the PV array, and to use less than half as much energy as California’s strict energy code.

Marin Country Day School by EHDD

 

Merritt Crossing Senior Apts by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

The roof area has a cool roof surface and is devoted to both a solar water panels and photovoltaic panels. Ground floor spaces benefit from the full height storefront system that similarly provides ample daylight and transparency to the outdoors. These windows are also thermally broken and have high performance glass. The windows are shaded in summer by either exterior sunshades or an overhang from the second floor. With no mechanical air conditioning, cooling is achieved by a low volume ventilation system augmented by ceiling fans in each habitable room. The site has a 94 walkability rating, an 82 transit rating and an 86 bike friendly rating from walkscore.com.

Merritt Crossing Senior Apts by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

 

Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse by Lake Flato Architects

This 67,000 square foot LEED Gold warehouse includes passive solutions including open breezeways, which were carefully oriented to prevailing summer breezes and supplemented with large ceiling fans. Large light monitors oriented to the north provide natural daylight to the breezeways, while the south wall of the cupola is open to allow hot air to escape as it rises. 100% of the rainwater captured from roofs coupled with recycled water, is used to irrigate the landscaping on site, eliminating the need for potable irrigation water. Highly efficient ductless minisplit systems were installed to condition indoor spaces. These systems can serve multiple zones using only one outdoor unit, and allows individual control of the air conditioning in each room.

Pearl BreweryFull Goods Warehouse by Lake Flato Architects

 

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters by KMD Architects

The building is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification and will exceed California’s recently-instituted Title 24 requirements for energy efficiency in new office buildings by 55% according to SFPUC estimates. The building will produce up to 7% of its own power needs from renewable photovoltaic and wind sources; will provide $118 million in energy cost savings over 75 years; and will require 45% less energy to illuminate the interior through daylight-harvesting and advanced lighting design, compared to typical Class A office buildings. The SFPUC consumes 60% less water than similarly sized buildings and is one of the first buildings in the nation with on-site treatment of gray and black water.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters by KMD Architects

 

Swenson Civil Engineering Building by Ross-Barney Architects

As an educational facility whose curriculum directly impacts the natural environment, the building overtly exposes sustainable systems and materials. 73% of the site is devoted to pervious materials and landscaping, reducing site detention requirements. An extensive green roof with native plants covers 22% of the roof, reducing storm water rates and filtering impurities. Storm water is directed from the roof to three scuppers and into above ground cylinders filled with rocks for filtering. Storm water eventually makes its way to a French drain system of underground water storage pipes for retention. The site lighting is minimal, and all fixtures are equipped with full cut-off optics.

Swenson Civil Engineering Building by Ross-Barney Architects

 

Yin Yang House by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

This sound passive design strategy combined with a very tight perimeter building envelope and other active sustainable features such as the 12kw solar system make this home a zero energy consumption home. It produces 100% of its energy needs and since completion, has never received an electric bill. The design maximizes the opportunities of the mild, marine climate with a passive cooling strategy using cross-ventilation and a thermal chimney. A large cantilevered roof overhang shades all the bedrooms from direct sunlight while providing ample natural light and ventilation. The project also has green roofs, its own storm water retention system and retains 95% of roof storm water on site.

Yin Yang House by Brooks-Scarpa Architects

 

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

Nordahl Grieg High School in Bergen, Norway by LINK arkitektur

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: LINK arkitektur

Link Arkitektur AS has a long tradition in designing school projects. The project Nordahl Grieg high school with its 14’000m2 is the result of a 1.prize in an EEA design competition in 2006. The school was completed in 2010. The main aim of Link Arkitektur AS is to design projects which maximize the quality of the situation and the community. To achieve this we amongst other things focus highly on environmental issues and universal access and use.

Image Courtesy Hundven-Clements Photography

  • Architects: LINK arkitektur
  • Project: Nordahl Grieg High School
  • Location: Bergen, Norway
  • Client: Hordaland County Municipality, Norway
  • Size: 14 000 m2
  • Year: Completed in 2010

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Mookdong Multi Housing in Seoul, Korea by Moon Hoon

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Moon Hoon

Clent & Me: The client made many concessions to me, while helping me much. She often said I had an obsessive character “ why don’t you buy this house ?, I will sell it to you.”

Image Courtesy © Moon Jeongsik

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Project: Mookdong Multi Housing
  • Location: 302-4, Mook-dong, Joonglang-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Photography: Moon Jeongsik
  • Zoning district: ordinary residential area
  • Site area: 78m2
  • Building area: 44.18m2
  • Gross floor area: 117.42 m2
  • Building to land ratio: 56.65%
  • Floor area ratio: 105.54%
  • Building Scope: 4F
  • Structure: RC
  • Exterior finish: exposed mass concrete, metal lath
  • Design period: 2001.12
  • Completion: 2003.3
  • Client: Yang Seongjin

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GV-17 House in Sv. Martin na Muri, Croatia by Sangrad + AVP Arhitekti

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Sangrad + AVP Arhitekti

Purpose and location of the building

The aim was to create a flexible residence with two bedrooms by redefining the archetypal idea of a family house.The basic demands were to enjoy the view from the most parts of the house and the possibility of using the outdoor spaces throughout the year for activities such as dinner and childrens play.

Image Courtesy © S. Lendler

  • Architects: Sangrad + AVP Arhitekti
  • Project: GV-17 House
  • Location: Sv. Martin na Muri, Croatia
  • Photography: S. Lendler
  • Project Architects: Aleksandra Duka and Vedran Pedišić
  • Budget: 100 000 euro
  • Year: project 2006., realization 2013

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Studio Apartment in Kiev, Ukraine by Lugerin Architects

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Lugerin Architects

The purpose of redevelopment standard studio apartment with total area of 56 square meters is to combine the kitchen and living room into one multifunctional space. All basic necessary for living areas are compact housed: a kitchen, a dining room, a bedroom and a relaxation area with a sofa.

Image Courtesy Lugerin Architects

  • Architects: Lugerin Architects
  • Project: Studio Apartment in Kiev
  • Location: Kiev, Ukraine

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Daily Child Care Facility Competition Entry in Turkey by ddrlp architecture & design

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: ddrlp architecture & design

The period of early childhood is one of the most important phases of human life. Similarly, the pre-school stage is one the most sensitive spans of human life and it is also a time when children’s physical, mental, social, emotional, and cognitive developments occur at their fastest pace.

Image Courtesy ddrlp architecture & design

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Urban Villa in Florence, Italy by Architettura Matassoni

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Architettura Matassoni

The project was created with the intention of transforming the strong physical limitations, geometric and area’s rules of the intervention in a series of architectural cues; the available surface is in fact quite limited in size and characterized from a trapezoidal shape and has a potential edificatoria relatively limited; The building area is inserted in an urban environment characterized by a low quality and from a certain density of the buildings, with the consequent danger of visual interference from the near buildings.

Image Courtesy Architettura Matassoni

  • Architects: Architettura Matassoni
  • Project: Urban Villa
  • Location: Florence, Italy

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Un Zeste De Citron in Oullins, Rhône, France by Y. Architectes

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Y. Architectes

At the age of 28 and 29 years, the two partners won their first public contract for the expansion of Marie Curie kindergarten in Oullins (Rhône, France). Delivered in September 2009, this operation involves the development of an existing part and the demolition of a prefabricated structure, replaced by an extension of 238 square meters area.

Image Courtesy © Brice Robert

  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Project: Un Zeste De Citron
  • Location: Oullins, Rhône, France
  • Photography: Brice Robert
  • Architects in charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Client: City of Saint Priest
  • Cost: € 344 647 excl. TAV
  • Surface: 238 sqm
  • Completed: Septembre 2009

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Eden Bio in Paris, France by Maison Edouard François

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Maison Edouard François

Eden Bio was a study of the densification of a typical suburban block on the east side of Paris.

Three ideas guided the project.

The first idea was to respect the surroundings and its history \”à la Doisneau\”. There were pre-existing buildings, full of life and devoid of pretension, some low, others tall. Long and narrow alleyways that are remnant of the area’s agricultural history interrupt the street alignment and spatially define the plot, while vegetation-filled corridors lead the eye into the sun-filled core of the block.

Image Courtesy © David Boureau

  • Architects: Maison Edouard François
  • Project: Eden Bio
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Nicolas Castet, David Boureau

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Casa LC in Mexico City North, Mexico by Art Arquitectos

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Art Arquitectos

A fantastic 9,000 sq m lot is the scene for the setting of the 2,000 sq m Casa LC. The house is located at Mexico City north in area where there are no high constructions and this advantage was used in the architectonic and landscape design incorporating to the project all the surrounding green areas.

Image Courtesy © Sófocles Hernández

  • Architects: Art Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa LC
  • Location: Mexico City North, Mexico
  • Photography: Sófocles Hernández
  • Construction: Art Edifica
  • Lighting design: Noriegga iluminadores arquitectónicos mexicanos
  • Landscape: Arquitectura del Territorio
  • Systems:  Forta Ingeniería
  • Year: 2012
  • Area: 9000 m2
  • Construction: 2000 m2

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