AIA Debuts Top 2011 Green Build Projects

The American Institute of Architects’s (AIA’s) Committee on the Environment (COTE) knows a thing or two about green building–and now, it has selected its Top Ten Green Projects for 2011, set to be showcased at the AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 15th year, recognizes innovative building projects that make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as materials re-use, public transit access, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and improved indoor air quality.

First Unitarian Meeting House addition

image via American Institute of Architects

Among those projects recognized this year were Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles), a mixed-use, market-rate development that makes use of passive cooling strategies, solar power, and blown-in cellulose insulation; the First Unitarian Society Meeting House (Madison, WI), an addition to a building originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that actually increases green space on the property, due to its extensive green roof; and Kiowa County K-12 Schools (Greensburg, KS), a school in keeping with Greensburg’s comprehensive green development strategy that runs exclusively on wind power.

More information on all the winners of this year’s COTE Top Ten Green Projects is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.