The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the 2009 top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.
The 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology, according to the AIA They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce 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, the AIA said in a press release.
The Top Ten Green Projects are:
Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Chartwell School, Seaside, CA
Gish Apartments, San Jose, CA
Great River Energy Headquarters, Maple Grove, MN
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, IL
Portola Valley Town Center, Portola Valley, CA
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, TX
Synergy at Dockside Green, Victoria, British Columbia
The Terry Thomas, Seattle, WA
World Headquarters, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Yarmouth Port, MA
To read more and for links to all the projects, click here.