A recently released study, entitled “Lessons from the Leading Edge,” reports that design projects recognized through this program are “outpacing the industry by virtually every standard of performance.” The 2016 COTE Top Ten Green Projects are:
1. Biosciences Research Building (Galway, Ireland)
The design of the BRB embraces the moderate climate of Ireland. By locating low-load spaces along the perimeter of the building, the project is able to take advantage of natural ventilation as the sole conditioning strategy for the majority of the year and is supplemented less than 10 percent of the year with radiant heating. Due to this approach, 45 percent of this intensive research building is able to function without mechanical ventilation. This is an extremely simple, yet radical approach and is rarely implemented to even a modest extent in similar laboratories in comparable U.S. climates.
2. Center for Sustainable Landscapes (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
The CSL is an education, research and administration facility at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Designed to be the greenest building in the world, it generates all of its own energy and treats all storm and sanitary water captured on-site. The CSL is the first and only building to meet four of the highest green certifications: the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, WELL Building Platinum, and Four-Stars Sustainable SITES. As an integral part of the Phipps visitor experience, the CSL focuses attention on the important intersection between the built and natural environments, demonstrating that human and environmental health are inextricably connected.
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