355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA
The American Institute of Architects and its Committee On The Environment (COTE) list their top ten green projects of the year around Earth Day each year, and some of this year's winners will be familiar to TreeHugger readers. As usual, it is an eclectic mix of contradictions, technical tours de force and green gizmos galore. There are also a few gems.
355 11th Street is a favourite; it is an adaptive reuse of an historic and formerly derelict industrial building. Aidlin Darling previously won the first re-skinning award from ZeroFootprint for this. More at AIA
Kroon Hall, New Haven, CT
Kroon Hall by Hopkins Architects houses the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, so it is appropriate that it "had to function not simply as a sustainable overlay that offset unsustainable practices in people's everyday lives but as something that inspired and encouraged people to alter their lives and become more sustainable citizens." It doesn't get much greener, being on a brownfield site, taking advantage of natural ventilation but also having ground source heat pumps. More at AIA
Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Rhinebeck, NY
LEED is for wimps. The toughest green standard around is the Living Building Challenge, which "defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions."
Laura Lesniewski's Omega Institute is one of the first buildings to attempt to meet the Living Building Challenge, where the building has to be net zero energy and net zero water; they even have to grow their own food. Oh, and then you have to measure it to ensure that it actually works.
If only it hadn't been built in the middle of nowhere. More at AIA
Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, MB
We have previously admired Kuwabara Paine McKenna Blumberg's Manitoba Hydro building; it has been called the "The Best Tall Building in North America" We also gave its mechanical engineer, Thomas Auer, our Best of Green award this year. More at AIA
Sacred Heart Schools Michael J. Homer Science & Student Life Center, Atherton, CA
KAUST, Thuwal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Manassas Park Elementary School + Pre-K, Manassas Park, VA
Twelve West, Portland, OR
City of Watsonville Water Resources Center, Watsonville, CA