Bren Hall: A Living Laboratory


TESTINGBren Hall in Santa Barbara, California, is the second building in the nation to achieve a Platinum LEED Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Architects Award the Top Green Building Projects for 2002


TESTINGThis year’s top 10 green building projects selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) range from a 950-square-foot renovated cabin to a 125,000-square-foot office building, and include government, private, non-profit examples of exemplary building design. The design competition evaluates projects based on performance, aesthetics, community connection, and stewardship of the natural environment. According to the AIA, the award and the range of submissions it attracts demonstrate the market transformation underway in the U.S. and around the world. There is increasing recognition of the benefits of sustainable design to people, the environment, and to the bottom line. Examples of winning buildings: Edificio Malecon, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaArchitects: HOKBuilt on a reclaimed brownfield site, this 125,000-square-foot office building is designed as a long narrow slab to minimize solar gain. The broad north side which is the primary solar exposure, is shaped to track the sun and is fully shaded to eliminate direct solar gain during peak cooling months. A Green Roof keeps the roof cool and manages stormwater runoff. Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Ankeny, IowaArchitects: RDG Bussard DikisThis 13,000-square-foot training facility doubles was designed and constructed on a modest budget. It uses 48 percent less energy than an equivalent conventional building […]

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