The American Institute of Architects Announces Their Top 10 Best Green Buildings of 2015
Inhabitat (04/24/15) Grozdanic, Lidija
The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) best green buildings this year feature different integrated approaches that create innovative spaces with very low environmental impact. The winners used sustainable strategies such as regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, and renewable energy sources. Topping the list is the Bullitt Center, an office building in Seattle that also is the largest certified Living Building achieving an unprecedented Energy Use Intensity (EUI). Second on the list is the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory in Hamilton, Canada. The 174,300-square-foot lab and support office space is an energy use-intensive building aiming for LEED Platinum certification. It is expected to reduce its energy use by 70 percent, exceeding the 2030 Challenge. Third on the list is the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland, Ore., which incorporates light pollution reduction, storm water management, eco-roofs, atrium heat recovery, and low ventilation fume hoods into its LEED Platinum-certified design. Other winners include E+ Townhouses in Boston, the Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse project and the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and four homes for adults with autism in Sonoma, Calif.