Award-Winning Green

The AIA's Committee on the Environment has announced its Top Ten sustainable buildings of the year

A decade ago Gail Lindsey, FAIA, remembers “begging and pleading” architect friends to submit the 14 projects she needed to be considered for the Top Ten Green Projects Program, which she had initiated as chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE). Times have changed. This year’s crop was chosen from more than 70 submissions; where entries were once limited to residences and environmental centers, the winners range from a Paul Rudolph-inspired home to a dog-adoption park to a warehouse turned corporate headquarters.

The 2006 Top Ten list was announced this spring, and while they are exemplary projects, they also take the pulse of green building in the U.S., according to Lindsey and Henry Siegel, FAIA, a member of the COTE national advisory group that revised the COTE Measures of Sustainable Design last year.

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