Green & Mean: The Top Ten Energy-Efficient Green Projects

The American Insitute of Architects green building design winners.

| September/October 2001

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This year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected ten outstanding examples of green building efforts for national recognition. “The AIA/COTE Top Ten Awards program is designed to acknowledge exemplary green projects by U.S. architects that are both energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” explains COTE vice chairwoman Joyce Lee.

COTE collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy this year and hopes to attract other agency and corporate support in the future.

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AIA Top Ten

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
This pilot project for sustainable construction and management includes a climate wall, automated blinds, a heat recovery system, modern digital ­climate regulators, and light fixtures that adjust automatically to daylight and occupancy levels.

Berkeley, California Leger Wanaselja Architecture
This remodeling and salvaging project involving a century-old house and shop combines discarded auto parts and recycled materials with minimum amounts of new material.

Denver, Colorado Mithun Architects + Partners
This remodel of the 1901 Denver Tramway Powerhouse Building, a designated historic landmark, ­utilizes evaporative cooling and is located on a major bike trail and a bus line.



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