AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / © Paul Crosby

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment () have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions. Now in its 16th year, the Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence.

The highlighted projects are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They have made a positive contribution to their communities, improved comfort for building occupants and reduced 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.

All the projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, next month in Washington, D.C. Continue after the break to review the top ten green projects.

Cyan / PDX Building / THA Architecture Inc. & GBD Architects

© Jeremy Bitterman

Architects: THA Architecture Inc. & GBD Architects
Location: Portland, Oregon,
Project area: 380,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jeremy Bitterman