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American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013
This General Services Administration project, funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, transforms a 4.6-acre brownfield site in Seattle into a highly-flexible and sustainable 209,000-square-foot regional headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Northwest District. The optimized form, systems and building orientation place the building within the top 1 percent of energy-efficient buildings across the country. It has earned an ENERGY STAR score of 100 and complies with 2030 Challenge Goals.
The developer of this mixed-use project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wanted a radically sustainable building that followed the Living Building Challenge and met the quadruple bottom line of economic improvement, social justice, environmental restoration and cultural celebration. The building conserves energy and water, manages a majority of the storm water onsite, promotes local urban gardens with its community garden on the roof and 30 percent of it is built with salvaged materials.
This student housing building for the University of California San Diego campus is named after the scientist whose research first alerted the world to the possibility of the human impact on global atmospheric carbon. The building envelope uses thermal mass to buffer temperature changes, minimizes solar gain and naturally ventilates the interior. And the project employs onsite wastewater recycling, a first for the UC system.
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