Cherokee Studios by Brooks + Scarpa. Image Credit John Linden
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have released their top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design for 2011, many of which will be familiar to TreeHugger readers; we covered The Cherokee Studios, by what was then known as Pugh + Scarpa, two years ago here and here.
Livestrong Offices by Lake Flato, Image Credit Casey Dunn
The offices for Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation also won, for its adaptive reuse of an old paper plant.
Innovation in Adaptive Reuse is the key to unlocking the potential for sustainable development in our neglected urban centers. The existing U.S. building stock currently exceeds 275 billion ft2 and offers an unprecedented opportunity for effective change. The design for the foundation breathes new life into both the building and neighborhood, and provides a model for sustainable urban renewal.
Image credit Vancouver Convention Centre Media Gallery
I remain unimpressed by the Vancouver Convention Centre; its vast green roof gives it a clunky heaviness compared to the elegant sails of Eb Zeidler's earlier building next door. Monte Paulsen of The Tyee has noted that it gave Green a bad name by coming in at double the promised price. Using seawater to cool your heatpumps is hardly innovative; it is a no-brainer when you are sitting on top of an ocean. But hey, it is LEED Platinum.
OS House, Image Credit John J. Macaulay
The OS House, Racine, WI by Johnsen Schmaling Architects is particularly interesting because of where it is, and by the AIA/COTE's attitude toward location:
The majority of LEED-certified homes are built in suburbia and exurbia. While they may be "green" in terms of energy performance, they also perpetuate unsustainable settlement patterns. This project exemplifies an alternative model: a small, durable, high-performance residence embedded in an established neighborhood, taking advantage of an existing infrastructure and incorporating sustainable design principles and systems to minimize the building's ecological footprint and its dependence on the energy grid.
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Image credit: The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. / Zane Williams
Kubala Washatko Architects had a tough act to follow in their addition to the First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin: the original was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The new building design features recycled-content and locally-sourced materials. CO2 sensors trigger a ventilation system that provide energy savings when spaces are unoccupied. 91% of regularly occupied areas are daylit though Individual lighting controls are contained in all building areas. The addition nearly doubles the building footprint but a vegetated roof and a reduction in parking spaces actually increases the percentage of pervious vegetated surface on the property.