American Institute of Architects Awards Top Ten Green Projects of 2016

  April 26, 2016

By Greg Zimmerman

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From retail space in Austin, Texas to visual arts facilities in Laramie, Wy., this year’s crop of Top 10 Green Projects, awarded by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment is especially impressive.

Several of the project achieved LEED Platinum certification, including the Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco, which includes a 1.3 MW photovoltaic array, and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh, which also achieve WELL Building Platinum and Four-Stars Sustainable Sites.

Another particularly impressive project is the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, which earned is the first net-zero energy public library in California.

This is the 20th year of the COTE’s Top 10 Green Projects list, and to celebrate, the organization release a report, Lessons From The Leading Edge, showing that design projects recognized through this program are outpacing the industry by virtually every standard of performance.

This Quick Read was compiled by Greg Zimmerman, Executive Editor of Building Operating Management magazine, greg.zimmerman@tradepress.com.

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