AIA names its 2013 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

April 22, 2013

4. Marin Country Day School Learning Resource Center and Courtyard; Corte Madera, California
EHDD

Photo: Josh Partee

 

Around 95 percent of spaces are daylit and naturally ventilated. Night time operation of the cooling tower and an underground water tank provide active thermal storage, for daytime cooling. The design of the building envelope includes air tightness detailing and the use of fire treated wood stud framing to minimize thermal bridging. To provide an excellent thermal envelope, walls were constructed with 2x8 and 2x10 wood studs (rather than conventional steel studs) to minimize thermal bridging and provide ample insulation. This building is designed to achieve an EUI of 6.74 kbtu/sf/yr including the energy generated by the PV array, and to use less than half as much energy as California’s strict energy code. Read more about the Marin Country Day School Learning Resource Center (via AIA)

Photo: Michael David Rose

Photo: Josh Partee

Photos: EHDD

Photo: Cesar Rubio

Photo: Cesar Rubio

Illustration: EHDD

 

 

5. Merritt Crossing Senior Apts.; Oakland, California
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Photo: Tim Griffith

The roof area has a cool roof surface and is devoted to both a solar water panels and photovoltaic panels. Ground floor spaces benefit from the full height storefront system that similarly provides ample daylight and transparency to the outdoors. These windows are also thermally broken and have high performance glass. The windows are shaded in summer by either exterior sunshades or an overhang from the second floor. With no mechanical air conditioning, cooling is achieved by a low volume ventilation system augmented by ceiling fans in each habitable room. The site has a 94 walkability rating, an 82 transit rating and an 86 bike friendly rating from walkscore.com. Read more about the Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments (via AIA)

Photos: Tim Griffith

Photos: Tim Griffith

Photo: Tim Griffith

 

 

6. A New Norris House; Norris, Tennessee
College of Architecture & Design, UT Knoxville

Photo: Ken McCown

At 1,008 square foot, this production house is less than half the size of the median house. “Rightsizing” reduced material and operational loads and costs, and shifted funds to quality design and construction, passive strategies and high-efficiency systems. The dormer and skylight are placed so daylight is reflected and diffused. No-VOC paint color is warm white with a punch of red-orange hidden within the swing space to produce a warm glow from reflected light. Low-E glass and translucent blinds provide further control over heat, glare and privacy. All interior rooms are daylit throughout the day. Electric lighting is integrated with cabinetry and includes low-energy LEDs. Read more about the New Norris House (via AIA)

Photos: Ken McCown

Photos: Ken McCown

Photo: Ken McCown

Photos: Ken McCown

Illustration and photos: Design team

 

Illustration: Design team

         
 

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