Green Building: The Green Gamut

The American Institute of Architects lists the Top Ten Green Projects for 2002.

| September/October 2002

  • Bank of Astoria
  • Tofte Cabin
    Photo by Peter Kerze
  • Camp Arroyo
  • Edificio Malecon
  • National Wildlife Federation Headquarters
  • Pier 1
    Photos courtesy of the architects

The American Institute of Architects has selected its annual Top Ten “Green” Projects for 2002, a list that includes federal projects, large and small businesses, and individual residences, proving the environmental, social, and economic benefits of sustainable design for clients of any size. Winning projects come from architectural firms known for their leadership in sustainable design, as well as several that are just beginning to utilize sustainable building principles.

Bank of Astoria
Manzanita, Oregon
Tom Bender, Architect
The design for this 7,500-square-foot bank building focused on community, cultural, spiritual, and energetic dimensions of sustainability as well as the more conventional energy and material aspects. The facility benefits from significant daylighting, on-site stormwater retention, and natural ventilation and cooling. Local materials were used where possible, and landscaping is native coastal plants.

Building 850, Energy and Sustainability Showcase Project
Port Hueneme, California
CTG Energetics
Home to the Naval Base Ventura County Public Works Department, this 10,000-square-foot building incorporates daylighting, shading, and innovative glazing elements, maximum use of natural ventilation, photovoltaic power generation, prototype natural gas heat-pump air conditioning, a graywater system for capture and reuse of rainwater and lavatory discharge, self-sustaining landscaping, and extensive use of recycled materials.

Camp Arroyo
Livermore, California
Siegel & Strain Architects
This environmental education camp was designed to demonstrate a series of ecological design principles as part of the curriculum. Bathhouses are made of stabilized earth, the cabins are efficient wood structures, and the dining hall is a straw bale building. Low-tech solutions to heating, cooling, and water treatment—including natural ventilation, shading strategies, and passive solar techniques—were favored. A biological wastewater treatment system treats water with minimal energy input.

Edificio Malecon
Buenos Aires, Argentina
This 125,000-square-foot office building was built on a reclaimed brownfield site. Its broad northern face—the primary solar exposure—is shaped to track the sun and is fully screened with deep sunshades for hotter months. The south face is equipped with a high-performance curtain wall system to minimize solar gain. A green roof helps insulate the 40,000-square-foot podium from solar radiation and manages storm-water runoff.

Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
Ankeny, Iowa
RDG Bussard Dikis
Designed and built with a modest budget, this 13,000-square-foot facility uses 48 percent less energy than a conventional design and is 98 percent daylit. The building uses a geothermal heat pump system for heating and cooling. An adjacent farm field, destined for commercial development, was restored into a native tall-
grass prairie and wetlands.

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